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Tropical Storm Saola to target Japan after deadly Typhoon Lan

Staff Writer |
Former Typhoon Lan struck Japan Sunday into Monday resulting in at least seven deaths and leaving widespread flooding and travel disruptions.

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While Lan is no longer a threat, a new tropical storm is expected to take a similar track this week and could bring another round of flooding this weekend.

Tropical Storm Saola brought gusty showers to Guam as it passes south of the island early this week and will next set its sight on Japan’s Ryukyu Islands before threatening the remainder of Japan.

While passing over the open waters of the western Pacific Ocean, Saola will strengthen and could become a typhoon as early as Thursday.

Further strengthening is possible on Friday and Saturday as Saola approaches the Ryukyu Islands.

Despite the expected strengthening, Saola is not expected to be as powerful as Lan which achieved super typhoon status with winds near 250 km/h (155 mph) last week.

Saola will track near or just east of the Ryukyu Islands from Okinawa northward, bringing locally damaging winds, flooding downpours and dangerous seas.

While moving near the northern Ryukyu Islands, Saola is expected begin to sharply turn northeast taking the storm parallel to mainland Japan.

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