Typhoon Hagibis satellite image: Monster black eye of storm SWALLOWS whole island

TYPHOON HAGIBIS is heading towards Japan with winds of 160mph and a satellite image has now revealed the monster storm’s black eye swallow a whole island on its path.

Typhoon Hagibis has swallowed an island on its dangerous path through the Pacific Ocean. A terrifying satellite image has shown the eye of the storm moved right over Anatahan, an island in the Northern Mariana Islands on Tuesday. The islands has been inhabited since 2010 due to the always-present danger of volcanic eruptions.

Anatahan is located 37 miles northwest of Farallon de Medinilla and 74 miles north of Saipan.

The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is set to wreak havoc in Tokyo, Japan and surrounding areas.

Hagibis is expected to make landfall in Japan on Saturday, October 12.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center has classified Hagibis as a "super typhoon," on par with a category five hurricane.

Tourists in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have already been affected by the impending storm. 

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Typhoon Hagibis satellite image: Hagibis smash into the island of Anatahan (Image: NASA)

Typhoon Hagibis satellite image

Typhoon Hagibis satellite image: The massive storm is heading towards Japan (Image: JMA)

Hagibis developed into a super typhoon on Tuesday, meaning maximum sustains winds have reached at least 150mph.

Gusts of 195mph from the massive storm has also been recorded as Hagibis developed in record-time.

In just 18 hours, Hagibis went from a tropical storm to a typhoon on Monday.

The weather system is now heading towards Japan where significant disruption to the Rugby World Cup could occur this weekend.

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Typhoon Hagibis satellite image: The monster storm developed into a super typhoon on Tuesday (Image: WXCHARTS)

On Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) released its latest forecast models, revealing Hagibis is now projected to head to southeastern Japan, near Tokyo and Yokohama.

The new path is a significant change from Monday’s forecast with the storm first expected to make landfall in the southwest of Japan.

However, radical changes in direction are a common feature for typhoons nearing Japan.

JMA official Yoshinori Muira told AFP: “The Honshu main islands will see heavy rains from as early as Friday, and the peak of the bad weather will be on Saturday and Sunday.”

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Typhoon Hagibis is currently categorised as violent, JMA’s highest classification.

Although the typhoon is forecast to weaken ahead of landfall, it will still remain a powerful storm.

If the current forecast holds, the danger would appear to be lower for games in the southwest.

Ireland will play Samoa on Saturday in Fukuoka and Wale take on Uruguay on Sunday in Kumamoto.

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Typhoon Hagibis: spaghetti models show the predicted path (Image: CYCLOCANE)

However, that means games further east will are now at risk in Yokohama.

England against France on Saturday has been called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, but Rugby World Cup organisers hope Scotland against Japan can go ahead as planned on Sunday.

Tournament director Alan Gilpin said: "The decision to cancel matches has not been taken lightly.

"It has been made with the best interest of team, public, and tournament volunteer safety as a priority based on expert advice."

England coach Jones said: 'We've got no issue with it' - 

The Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy in Toyota on Saturday has also been cancelled, denying Italy their outside chance of qualifying.

Cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part of a 0-0 draw.

It means England progress as winners of Pool C, two points ahead of France in second place, and face a probable quarter-final against Australia, with Wales expected to top Pool D and therefore play the French.

France would have the advantage over Wales of a two-week rest, compared to one week.