Super Typhoon Lan is in a favorable environment for strengthening, and is likely on a collision course with highly populated areas of Japan while in a weaker, but still formidable state.
Speeding north at almost 20 mph, Super Typhoon Lan, packing 150 mph sustained winds and 184-mph gusts, is scheduled to strike Japan’s largest metropolis @ at about 6 a.m. local time on Monday. One characteristic of this storm that’s clear from satellite imagery is that it has developed a massive eye about 50 miles in diameter.
Currently some 300 miles east of Japan, super-typhoon Lan forecasts warn of landslides and flash flooding inland around the Tokyo metropolitan area, home to some 38 million people, or about 30 percent of the nation‘s population.
Due to the size of the storm and its projected position, insurance damage estimates are expected to top $25 billion, a figure much lower than those following similar hurricane strikes on the US mainland.
NOAA / AA Magnum News 2017.