Typhoon Lan bears down on Japan

2017-10-22 14:49
A woman battles with her umbrella as much of Japan is on high alert as a typhoon approaches. (Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP)

A woman battles with her umbrella as much of Japan is on high alert as a typhoon approaches. (Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP)

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Tokyo - Much of southern and central Japan is on high alert as Typhoon Lan approaches. The outer bands of the storm have been lashing parts of Kyushu and Honshu for the last two days.

The centre of Typhoon Lan, which is locally know as Paolo, is expected to make landfall just to the west of Tokyo, late on Sunday night.

People voting in Japan's snap election managed to get to the polling stations ahead of the worst of the winds, but the torrential downpours had already set in.

At one stage Lan was packing winds of around 240km/h.

Dangerous system

At this stage it was classified as a super typhoon, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

It has since weakened, but it does remain a dangerous system capable of causing catastrophic damage.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, Typhoon Lan currently has winds nearing 230km/h with gusts touching 280km/h.

Further weakening is expected, but at landfall, those winds are still likely to be around 185km/h with much higher gusts. Devastating damage is possible.

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