Typhoon Guchol lashed southwestern Japan today with strong winds and heavy rain as it moved toward the center of the country, forcing airlines and train operators to cancel services amid warnings of flooding and landslides.
Guchol was about 25 miles southwest of Owase city, Mie prefecture at 6 p.m. local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Sustained winds were 81 mph, making it a Category 1 storm, the weakest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The storm is forecast to pass over the eastern Kanto region that includes Tokyo before weakening into a tropical storm as it crosses Japan’s main island of Honshu.
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Guchol, a tropical cyclone in the western Pacific, rapidly strengthened Saturday afternoon, local time. Winds are now in excess of 150 mph, making Guchol a super typhoon, the highest classification for tropical cyclones in the western Pacific.
If Guchol were an Atlantic Hurricane, it would be considered a Category 5 storm.
While Guchol is currently bringing minimal impacts to civilization in its current location in the Philippine Sea, this is likely to change as Guchol continues to head north over the next few days.
Not only will Guchol continue to head towards more populated islands, but the storm is also expected to intensify further over the next day or two.
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