Oct 22, 2017

Category 3 Typhoon Lan Batters Japan

Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture
Japan
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Super Typhoon Lan as seen by the VIIRS instrument on NOAA’s Suomi satellite on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017. At the time, Lan was a high-end Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. See also this impressive visible zoomed-in loop of Lan’s eye on Saturday, courtesy of Dan Lindsey of NOAA.
Super Typhoon Lan as seen by the VIIRS instrument on NOAA’s Suomi satellite on Saturday afternoon, October 21, 2017. At the time, Lan was a high-end Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds. See also this impressive visible zoomed-in loop of Lan’s eye on Saturday, courtesy of Dan Lindsey of NOAA.

 

Typhoon Lan made landfall near Omaezaki City, Japan, about 120 miles southwest of Tokyoa, near 3 am JST Monday. At landfall, Lan was a Category 2 storm with sustained 1-minute winds of 105 mph. Lan drenched Japan’s main island of Honshu with dangerous torrential rains on Sunday as the Category 3 typhoon, with sustained winds of 120 mph at 8 am EDT Sunday, sped northeast at 29 mph towards Tokyo. Lan was interacting with a frontal system that has brought high wind shear and dry air into the typhoon, resulting in the collapse of its inner core. Passage over cool waters of 25°C (77°F) as Lan approached the coast caused further weakening to a Category 2 typhoon at landfall.