Super typhoon Lan to make direct hit on Tokyo

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2017

Typhoon Lan was classified as an intense Category 4 storm on Saturday, with winds of up to 250 km/h (156 mph), according to the Tropical Storm Risk web site.

Now some 300 miles east of Japan, super-typhoon Lan forecasts warn of landslides and flash flooding inland around the Tokyo metropolitan area, home to some 38 million people, or about 30 percent of the nation's population.

That said, the storm will still be a powerful typhoon, or possibly a post-tropical storm, by the time it reaches Tokyo, and is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds - with gusts near 150 miles per hour - across much of the width of the narrow nation as it scrapes past.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition is on track to roughly match the two-thirds "super majority" it held in parliament's lower house before dissolution, helped by divisions in the opposition camp and jitters over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, media forecasts have said. Rough surf and coastal flooding due to storm surge is also likely.

Officials in Okinawa and Hyogo prefectures moved voting for the country's national election ahead one day in an attempt to keep the storm from impacting voter turnout.

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