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Powerful Typhoon Lionrock may hit Japan early next week

Kyodo

Powerful Typhoon Lionrock is forecast to hit areas of eastern and northern Honshu on Tuesday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds to a wide area of the country, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday.

The storm gained strength while hovering in the Pacific Ocean for several days. With winds of up to 216 kph, it was moving east-northeast at 15 kilometers per hour about 330 km southeast of Minami Daito Island in Okinawa Prefecture as of 3 p.m. Saturday.

The season’s 10th typhoon is expected to move northeast on Monday, then turn toward the northwest and likely approach the main island on Tuesday, the weather agency said.

Although the typhoon’s strength is expected to peak around Sunday, it may make landfall with greater strength than the three previous typhoons that caused damage across the country earlier this month, the agency added.

The Tokyo metropolitan area was hit by Typhoon Mindulle earlier this week, which caused one death and dozens of injuries.