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You thought Brian was bad....a super typhoon is about to hit Japan

Gusts have already been measured as being at over 250 km/h.

Clonakilty awaits the arrival of Storm Brian as rain starts to lash the West Cork town
Clonakilty awaits the arrival of Storm Brian as rain starts to lash the West Cork town
Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie

A POWERFUL TYPHOON is bearing down on Japan , a day ahead of national elections, with experts predicting severe winds and heavy rains as the country goes to the polls.

Super typhoon Lan, described as “very large” and “very strong” by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, was packing gusts up to 252 kilometres per hour above Pacific waters south of Japan.

As Lan drew closer, voters on remote southern islands in the path of the storm cast their ballots early for Sunday’s election.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US Navy called it a super typhoon.

The Japanese agency said Lan would move just east of Okinawa before grazing the country’s coastal areas, possibly directly hitting Tokyo or surrounding regions on Monday morning.

Meteorologists expect strong winds and heavy rain across much of Japan on Sunday.

Regardless of weather, however, national surveys have largely predicted that the ruling bloc, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was likely to claim a landslide victory.

Abe has called on voters to cast their ballots early to avoid bad weather.

Turnout has declined to below 60% in the last two general elections. The last vote in December 2014 saw a record-low rate of 52.66% .

© – AFP, 2017
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