Japan has barely recovered from the damage brought about by Typhoon Wipha, and yet the next one is expected to hit the main island of Honshu by the end of this week. Typhoon Francisco is the 27th storm to come out of the Western Pacific region this season and will affect the Tokyo region over the weekend while another one, Typhoon Lekima is forming in the western Pacific Ocean.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Typhoon Francisco is already weakening but still has the possibility of becoming a strong storm by Friday. As of today, it is 260 miles southeast of Minami Daito island in Okinawa prefecture and is gathering peak gusts of 135 miles per hour, moving 9 mph towards the northwest. It is being called a category one typhoon and may make landfall in Tokyo by Friday or Saturday. Warnings have already been issued for the eastern part of Japan. The good news is that Typhoon Lekima is not expected to hit the country as of this time.
Last week’s Typhoon Wipha, called a “once in a decade” storm, killed at least 31 people and caused much damage on the island of Izu Oshima. Most of the people died due to landslides and flooding in the area. Heavy rains also affected Fukushima, which led to an overflow of contaminated water at the nuclear plant, although the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said that the radiation levels are still within the acceptable safety limits.
[ via Global News ]