Updated: 10/22/2017 11:34:45 AM
Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were canceled and train services were disrupted on Sunday as a typhoon roared toward the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on a national election day.
Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 40 kph on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
Wind gusts of up to 162 kph were possible across central and eastern Japan early on Monday, the JMA added.
Updated: 10/21/2017 8:47:59 AM
Typhoon Lan is due to batter southern Japan as category 5 giant super typhoon on Sunday.
Residents are being warned they must brace for travel chaos, destructive winds and heavy rainfall.
Latest path forecast tracks show Typhoon Lan will have a significant impact on mainland Japan.
Updated: 10/20/2017 1:15:50 PM
All U.S. bases in the Kanto Plain have entered Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4. Destructive winds of 58 mph or greater are possible within 72 hours. All bases have directed mission essential personnel only report to work on Monday.
Published Friday, October 20, 2017
Typhoon Lan is forecast to grow into a monster storm south of Japan.
Lan’s top winds could reach 222 kilometers per hour Saturday, which would make it the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii. As it nears the Tokyo-Yokohama area, winds will probably weaken to about 109 mph, making it a Category 2 storm. Lan isn’t the first big storm for Japan this season. It was struck by typhoons Noru and Talim, in August in September.
Tropical depression twenty five formed in the western Pacific Ocean on Oct. 15. After that the intensifying tropical cyclone moved into the Philippine Sea. Tropical Storm Lan recently moved toward the north and was upgraded to Typhoon Lan.
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Affected Area: 450 km.
Alert Level: Orange
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