TOKYO: A solid typhoon was on course Tuesday (Aug 30) for a direct hit on northeastern Japan, with authorities warning of weighty rain and large waves alongside the Pacific coast.
Typhoon Lionrock was 170km east of the town of Choshi, as of 9am (8am Singapore time). Choshi lies straight east of Tokyo.
Packing wind gusts up to 180km per hour, the storm was going north at 30km per hour and anticipated to make landfall in the northeast later on in the day.
That would make it the initial typhoon to straight land in the location from the Pacific Ocean considering the fact that the country’s current temperature observation technique was launched in 1951, in accordance to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
NASA satellite image reveals Typhoon Lionrock (12W) off Japan.
Typhoons ordinarily solution Japan from the south and southwest prior to going northward throughout the archipelago.
Lionrock, which fashioned a lot more than ten days in the past, has turn out to be the longest-lasting typhoon of all those that have designed north of the 30th parallel north, breaking a forty six-calendar year-aged document, in accordance to the personal Weathernews company.
The earlier document-holding typhoon in that group was in 1970, which survived for nine days and 6 hrs, Weathernews reported on its web-site.
Authorities have issued warnings for torrential rain, large waves, solid winds and flooding for the northeastern location, which continues to be vulnerable just after destruction brought about by a March 2011 tsunami created by a huge magnitude nine. offshore earthquake.
It is also anticipated to hit the location at large tide, deepening worries for flooding alongside the coast from Tuesday afternoon via Wednesday morning.
Authorities also warned of landslides and large drinking water owing to anticipated weighty rain of up to eight centimetres per hour.
Some a hundred and ten domestic flights have been cancelled, general public broadcaster NHK reported.
Lionrock is anticipated to slice throughout the country’s major island of Honshu and head out to sea in direction of Russia and China, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.
The typhoon comes on the heels of two many others that hit Japan in the past nine days, resulting in two fatalities, the cancellation of hundreds of domestic flights and disruptions to coach services.