Typhoon Lan, another dangerous act of mother nature. We will speak in detail about some facts relative to typhoons and some figures relative to its path to Japan.
First let us differentiate between typhoon, cyclone, and hurricane.
In fact, there is no difference between typhoon, cyclone, and hurricanes except in the location where the tropical storm happens.
They are all the same act of mother nature reflecting weather change. We just use different names for them in different places. For instance, in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, it’s called “hurricane”, while Northwest it is called typhoon.
As for cyclones, they happen in the Pacific and Indian ocean.
Before these storms happen, there are pre-existing weather disturbance, moisture, relatively light winds, and warm tropical oceans. If they continued for a long time they combine to produce very violent winds, massive waves, floods, and torrential rains.
Tropical storms can cause damage on land and in sea
the tropical storms can form gigantic waves which could whip out large towns and cities
On land, it can flatten homes, pluck trees and tip over cars.
But these storms die out after few days over land, because there is no warm sea water to give it power.
Where is Typhoon Lan?
Typhoon Lan is a tropical storm reached Japan’s southern coast near Minamiizu, it is rapidly moving to the northeast at this speed “59 km per hour” according to the CNN meteorologist Matt Daniel.
Typhoon Lan is a category 2 storm now, in which wind is 165 km per hour.
200 thousand of people have been ordered to leave their homes, and other 2.2 million homes are preparing themselves to leave.
Two death cases have been reported till now, a man in Fukuoka and a woman in Osaka.
Despite the weakening of the typhoon, it is expected to hit Tokyo with damaging wind and heavy rains.
There are many parts of Japan that witnessed rainfall greater than 500 millimeters.
For example, there is Shingu a city on the Wakayama Prefecture southwest of Tokyo, the rainfall reached 894 millimeters.
Typhoon Lan is already causing massive waves on the coasts of Busan, and South Korea. In addition to that, the cloud field of the typhoon is larger than Japan itself.
Second Largest Tropical Cyclone Recorded
Typhoon Lan is known in the Philippines as typhoon Paolo. It started with a diameter of 1670 km and grew to reach 2220 km to record the second largest tropical cyclone in history.
We hope it ends soon with no more losses in life and less damage. This brings us to an important topic that has been arisen recently and made me wonder if really this climate changes and hurricanes happens naturally or man-made?