is set to endure further extreme weather this week as Typhoon
Lionrock crosses the western Pacific. The US' National Weather
Service and Ocean Prediction Centre posted pictures of the Typhoon,
located south of Kyoto on Saturday (27 August).
typhoon, which is close to the islands of Okinawa is moving at a
speed of around 12mph and should hit Tokyo and Sendai by Tuesday,
reports said. Its winds which are currently hitting speeds of 127mph
which are just below a category four Atlantic hurricane.
last hurricane of this strength was Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, which
killed 34 people and caused so much damage to the Bahamas that the
World Meteorological Organisation retired the name Joaquin from use.
Lionrock was expected to peak on Sunday, Japan's weather agency said
the typhoon could make landfall at a greater intensity than the two
other typhoons endured by Japan in the last seven days. Typhoon
Mindulle also affected Tokyo, causing one fatality as well a number
of injuries and widespread disruption, such as flooding.
the time Lionrock makes landfall on Monday evening, local time, it
will be at the strength of a category one hurricane and could cause
a storm surge of 3-6ft (0.9-1.8m).
this year, category one Hurricane
the deadliest hurricane to hit Mexico in a decade, causing 54
will be the 10th typhoon to hit Japan during this season. Parts of
Japan have already been saturated by earlier storms, but there will
be more rain before Lionrock reaches the country, making further
flooding extremely likely.
Lionrock's reach is likely to extend as far as parts of
hundreds of flight cancellations last
week, Japan and All Nippon Airlines warned customers of possible
disruptions to flights on Tuesday.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to fly home early from a
Japan-led African development conference in Nairobi.