Typhoon Lan reaches Japan, kills two

Typhoon Lan made landfall early morning, along Japan's southern coast, killing two and injuries others

(Photo: the Weather Channel)
(Photo: the Weather Channel)

At least two have been killed and others injured as a typhoon struck Japan, with dangerous winds threatening to cause major flooding and mudslides.

Typhoon Lan made landfall early Monday morning, along Japan's southern coast, near Minamiizu. The storm is rapidly moving to the northeast at 37 mph, according to meteorologist Matt Daniel.

As of early Monday, Lan was whipping sustained winds of 100 mph, making it a Category 2 storm, according to Daniel.

More than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, with a further 2.2 million homes under advisory to prepare for evacuation.

In Fukuoka, a city on the southern island prefecture of Kyushu, a 63-year-old man died when falling construction scaffolding struck him, authorities said.

Police in Osaka, in central Japan, said a woman was found dead in a flooded car in the city, though they could not be certain the incident was related to the typhoon.

Although the typhoon is weakening, Tokyo is expected to be struck with possibly damaging winds and heavy rains, said meteorologist Haley Brink.

Several parts of Japan have already recorded rainfall totals greater than 500 millimetres in the past 72 hours, Daniel said, citing the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Shingu, a city in the Wakayama Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, recorded 894 millimetres of rain over the past 72 hours - their greatest rainfall total in such a period since the city received 425 millimetres in 2000.

Typhoon Lan is so enormous that its cloud field is larger than Japan, Brink said.

On Sunday, Japanese voters participated in a snap general election that was expected to make Shinzo Abe the longest-serving leader in the country’s post-war history.

The turnout Sunday was stymied by the typhoon, but a record number of Japanese citizens voted earlier ahead of the storm.

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