Oct 22, 2017

Typhoon approaching Japan's main island on election day

TOKYO - Typhoon Lan was approaching Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday, bringing rain to much of the nation as voting got under way in the general election.

The powerful typhoon could make landfall on the Pacific coast of Honshu island in the early hours of Monday at the earliest while maintaining its strength, according to the weather agency.

As of noon, the typhoon was moving north at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour in the ocean south of Japan, packing winds of up to 234 kph. It had an atmospheric pressure of 930 hectopascals.

The season's 21st typhoon brought more than 200 millimeters of rainfall in the 24 hours to Sunday morning in Wakayama, Mie and Kagoshima prefectures.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of mudslides and swollen rivers while calling on voters to check the latest weather information when going to the polls.

The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone east of Hokkaido early Tuesday, the agency said.

Typhoon approaching Japan's main island on election day photo




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