October 29, 2017 / 4:26 AM / a month ago

Typhoon charts course in general direction of Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - A typhoon was barreling up the Pacific coast of Japan on Sunday in the general direction of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Saola was listed as a relatively weak category 1 cyclone by Tropical Storm Risk, in a range from 1 to 5, and was expected to have weakened further, to tropical storm status, if and when it reaches the capital late in the day.

Typhoon Lan lashed Japan a week ago, triggering landslides and flooding that killed seven people.

There are concerns that Saola could prompt new landslides in areas weakened by last week’s heavy rainfall.

Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Nick Macfie

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