Another powerful typhoon is headed towards Japan. Typhoon Vongfong, with winds over 160 mph (wind gusts over 200 mph), is churning towards Okinawa and the southern part of Japan. The strongest typhoon of the year, a category 5 if it was a hurricane, is bringing dangerous winds and rain towards Japan. The southern part of Japan is expected to feel the full strength of the storm as early as Saturday with mainland Japan feeling its force by Monday into Tuesday. Japan and the southern Ryukyu islands are still recovering from typhoon Phanfone that came through last Sunday, dropping over 6 inches of rain and causing damage across the area. Now Japan must brace for this massive storm.
The storm could weaken a bit before making landfall, but it is still a powerful one that is expected to cause a lot of issues in Japan and the neighboring region as it moves through. The southern regions of Japan have already been saturated with the rains from Phanfone, so the threats of landslides and flooding are at high levels for people living in this region. Even Tokyo and areas north will feel this storm. I hope they are prepared for it and hope that no one loses their life to this powerful storm.