Typhoon Danas, the 24th tropical storm of the year, is currently on path straight towards Japan’s main islands, and expected to reach land, starting with Kyushu, on Tuesday of this week. The Japan Meteorological Agency has already issued warnings for Okinawa to expect winds of 167 km/h (104 mph) before the end of Monday. While Japan was already at partial risk from Typhoon Fitow last week, that storm ended up veering northwest from Okinawa and moving on to mainland China.
Danas is not expected to alter its course away from Japan at this point, with its northeastern path brining the worst of the wind and rain to southwestern areas of the main islands, like Kyushu and the Chugoku Region. The authorities are advising that those in the areas prepare for power outages and keep items like bottled water and non-perishable foods on hand, however the Danas is predicted to weaken as it moves into the Sea of Japan’s cooler waters throughout Wednesday. Eastern Japan, including Tokyo, will avoid the worst of the typhoon, however the capital is still warned to be careful of wind speeds as high as 50-65 km/h (30-40 mph). From Thursday the storm will move away from Japan in a northeastward direction.
Prior to Danas, Japan has been hit by a number of typhoons over the summer months, with heavy rains leading flooding and partial mudslides. The last storm to cause real havoc was Typhoon Man-yi, which took the lives of three people in western Japan, and prompted calls for the evacuation of more than 300,000 residents in Kyoto and the surrounding areas.
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