The Japanese prepare for the arrival of the Typhoon Lan, the twentieth of the season in the Pacific, which has reached category 2. The phenomenon, which is currently in the Philippine Sea, is advancing at 15 kilometers per hour in a northerly direction, towards the islands of the Japanese country.
Lan, which currently has sustained winds of 167 kilometers per hour, will arrive in the archipelago on Sunday, the day on which elections are scheduled to be held.
What will Lan's trajectory be?
Lan is a typhoon that formed in eastern Taiwan on October 16, 2017. Tomorrow Saturday it is expected to arrive in Okinawa, and to continue in a northeast direction while it loses some intensity and becomes an extratropical storm. Finally, on Tuesday it is believed that he will have moved away from the Japanese country.
In these two images it will be clearer:
Possible location of Typhoon Lan for Sunday, October 22:
Possible location of Typhoon Lan on Tuesday, October 24:
What damage can it cause?
The consequences of Typhoon Lan can be very serious. Japan prepares while awaiting the arrival of heavy rains and winds, which could be even more intense than they already are. In much of Kyushu, Shikoku and Honshu it could damage trees and structures, as well as cause numerous power outages.. In addition, coastal flooding and swells are likely to occur along the Pacific coast of the aforementioned islands.
While the Atlantic hurricane season has been the busiest in a long time, the Pacific has been relatively dormant until recently. As of October 16, only half of the tropical cyclones that were forecast had formed; of them, there has only been one super typhoon: Noru, at the end of July.
We will be following Typhoon Lan closely.