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Typhoon Lan makes landfall early Monday morning

Greetings from the Western Pacific Weather team.

It’s a very late night/early morning for us here in Tokyo as we continue to monitor Lan. The Japan Meteorological Agency stated that the storm made landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture at around 3 a.m. local time. The typhoon maintained its status as a strong typhoon, thrashing Japan with significant rainfall and powerful winds.

Some reports indicated rainfall totals as high as 888 millimeters in more than 48 hours in Wakayama Prefecture, and winds were kicking up to 168 kilometers per hour in central Japan.

The storm will continue to move north and east, picking up momentum while bringing stormy conditions to eastern and northern Japan during the morning hours Monday. While the skies may clear, the winds will continue to be a factor during a good portion of the daylight hours.

All of this should wrap up by Monday evening. Meanwhile, there is a tropical depression further south of Guam, but for the next 24 hours, it should not develop into a tropical storm. We will have to watch and see if it will develop into something more serious.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

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About Jonathan Oh

Jonathan Oh is a meteorologist on Western Pacific Weather and appearing on NHK World. Jonathan has been working in the field for more than 10 years with a focus on broadcast, radar, and computer model forecasting. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

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