Lionrock is the international name of Bagyo Dindo which also hit the Philippines before it crossed to Japan.
Typhoon Lionrock made an impact to Japan on Tuesday afternoon, pouring heavy rains and slapping high waves into the country’s coastal areas that caused flooding along the Pacific Coast.
Japan Meteorological Agency said, the typhoon made landfall near Ofunato City shortly before 6:00 in the evening, after moving up Japan’s Pacific Ocean coastline.
The storm was moving Northwest at 50 kilometers per hour, packing wind gusts up to 162 kilometers or 100 miles per hour.
It is the first typhoon to directly land in the region from the Pacific Ocean since 1951. Typhoons usually approach Japan from the south and southwest direction before moving northward across the archipelago.
As of press time, there are no official reports of casualties while local media reported some minor injuries such as a fall by a 40-year-old woman because of strong winds.
Japan Meteorological Agency warned that heavy dumping of rains might cause landslides and flooding.
Water level is expected to rise by upto eight centimeters per hour as the landfall came at high tide and brought flooding along the coast.
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