The smiling faces of the young Japanese women who took home the World Cup title on Sunday are plastered over hundreds of media outlets across the world, and deservedly so. But just two days after that epic victory, the country was forced to recall an epic tragedy, when Typhoon Ma-On, a tropical storm with a 450 mi. diameter, touched down on the country’s southeastern coast, threatening heavy rain, thunderstorms, flooding and gale-force winds – just about everything Japan doesn’t need in the wake of the devastating tsunami that struck its coast last spring.
The typhoon is moving quickly north- and eastward, with sustained winds and gusts speeding along at 87 and 100 mph respectively.
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