Category 3 Typhoon Lan Batters Japan
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.