Another typhoon, if it doesn’t change its course, is set to affect Japan just after a record typhoon Wipha devastated the country on Wednesday, leaving around 20 dead and over 50 missing. Typhoon Francisco, a category 2 storm, has recently hit the island of Guam and is taking a very similar path to Wipha.
In anticipation of the extreme weather, the governor of Guam has suspended government services for the day. Local weather services in Guam said that the storm unexpectedly maintained its strength as it brushed the eastern edge of the island with sustained winds of 64 km/h and gusts above 80 km/h (40 mph & 50 mph). The storm is dropping heavy showers across the island. Near the center, Francisco is packing winds of 160 km/h and gusts to 193 km/h (100 mph & 120 mph). Flights into the island have already been cancelled, with the weather system expected to clear Guam territory at around 7:00 PM local time.
The typhoon is then expected to gain strength as it travels through open water and maintain a track toward Japan. The storm has a possibility of reaching category 4 strength and will threaten Japan’s southern islands by late Monday. As the nation is still recovering from the devastation of Wipha, another strong typhoon right after it is definitely not good news. The typhoon still has ground to travel, and with hope, could weaken or change course.
[via NBC News]