01:25 - Source: CNN
Typhoon Lan smashes Japan, heads out to sea

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Typhoon Lan makes landfall early Monday in Japan

Lan forecast to weaken as it tracks northeast

Tokyo CNN —  

At least two people were killed and many injured as a mammoth typhoon struck Japan, hurling dangerous winds and threatening to cause major flooding and mudslides.

Typhoon Lan made landfall early Monday along Japan’s southern coast near Minamiizu. The storm is rapidly moving to the northeast at 59 kilometers per hour (37 mph), CNN meteorologist Matt Daniel said.

Rivers burst their banks in several parts of the country, flooding streets. Video from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK shows collapsed roads and homes engulfed by a massive mudslide.

Kyodo reports that Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways canceled over 100 flights Monday, affecting over 25,000 passengers.

Lan was whipping sustained winds of 165 kph (100 mph) early Monday, according to CNN Meteorologist Haley Brink.

The system will weaken slowly as it tracks quickly to the northeast into the Northwestern Pacific; but will sustain tropical storm force winds of 90-110 kph (57-70 mph) over the next 24 hours, Brink said.

The season’s 21st typhoon brought heavy rainfall over much of Japan.

Shingu had received nearly 900 millimeters (35 inches) of rainfall since Friday – over 500 millimeters (19 inches) falling in just 24 hours, Brink said.

More than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, with a further 2.2 million homes under advisory to prepare for evacuation.

In Fukuoka, a city on the southern island prefecture of Kyushu, a 63-year-old man died when falling construction scaffolding struck him, police in the city told CNN.

Police in Osaka, in central Japan, said a woman was found dead in a flooded car in the city, though they could not be certain the incident was related to the typhoon.

Pedestrians struggle with the wind and rain in Tokyo on October 22, 2017.

Typhoon Lan is so enormous that its cloud field is larger than Japan, Brink said.

Shingu, a city in the Wakayama Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, recorded 894 millimeters of rain over the past 72 hours – their greatest rainfall total in such a period since the city received 425 millimeters in 2000.

The turnout Sunday was stymied by the typhoon, but a record number of Japanese citizens voted earlier ahead of the storm.

Journalist Kaori Enjoji in Tokyo contributed to this report.