Category 1 typhoon LAN will hit the southern coast of Japan (Wakayama and Mie prefectures south of Osaka) on Monday night (local time). It will be accompanied by wind gusts in excess of 150 km/h, high waves and intense rainfall (up to 400 mm in the region's highlands).
Category 1 typhoon LAN will hit the southern coast of Japan ( Wakayama and Mie prefectures south of Osaka) on Monday night (local time). It will be accompanied by wind gusts in excess of 150 km/h, high waves (up to 6 m) and intense rainfall (up to 450 mm over the region's relief).
At 3pm local time on Sunday, typhoon LAN was around 300km southeast of the coast of Japan. A category 1 typhoon, it is now moving north-westwards and is expected to hit the coasts of Wakayama and Mie provinces between the towns of Shingu and Owase on Tuesday morning August 15. It is then expected to move due north across the peninsula into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.
Fig. 1: Typhoon LAN's path; Source: CIMSS
What are the consequences?
- Gusts of wind: The typhoon will remain in Category 1, with gusts of over 150 km/h as it approaches the coast of Japan, dropping to 100 km/h as it crosses inland.
- Large waves: Waves of 5 to 7 meters may accompany the typhoon.
- Heavy precipitation: Cumulative rainfall will be between 100 and 400 mm in less than 36 hours in the regions affected by the typhoon (e.g. Owase), which is substantial. Flooding and landslides are therefore to be expected. Particularly in densely populated urban areas such as Osaka and Kobe.
Fig. 2: Forecast for Tuesday in Owase; Source: MeteoNews
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