Typhoon Lan may intensify as superstorm in the Pacific Ocean, pose threat to Japan

Typhoon Lan is intensifying in the western Pacific Ocean and forecast to become a superstorm early Friday before heading towards Japan.

Typhoon Lan

It has developed between the Philippines and Guam in the western Pacific Ocean that is historically home to some earth’s most powerful storms. Typhoon Lan is now located about 500 miles east of the Philippines, to the north-northwest of Palau.

Lan will gain tropical storm force by Friday, meaning its top winds will reach no less than 150 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Lan is now over an extremely warm sea surface area with around 88 degrees temperatures and it has currently winds of 75 miles per hour, said the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

The typhoon is likely to threaten Japan early next week before gaining strength Friday or Saturday. Prior to that, it could pose a threat to Okinawa throughout the weekend, in spite of the fact that the storm’s centre — containing its most fierce winds— should pass just to its east.

Typhoon Lan 2

However, it is too early to determine Lan’s exact location five days from now and it will be a formidably strong typhoon by the time it reaches Okinawa.

In spite of this, Lan may have a vast wind field, so regardless of the possibility that Okinawa maintains a strategic distance from the eyewall, tropical-storm-force winds, alongside substantial rain and beating surf, could be the possible impacts this weekend.

Heavy rain, flash flooding and mudslides are a progressively certain danger unless the upper east turn of Lan is sharp and happens much sooner. Battering waves and beachfront flooding are likely along the Pacific shores of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu.

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While the Atlantic Basin has seen one of its most dynamic hurricane seasons on record, the western Pacific Basin, before Lan, had been relatively calm.

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