TORONTO – Southern Japan is bracing for their second typhoon in a month.
As of Thursday afternoon, Typhoon Halong had maximum sustained winds of almost 140 km/h with higher gusts. The storm is a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which is sued to measure hurricane strengths in North America. Halong was moving north at 10 km/h.
This is the second typhoon to hit southern Japan in a month after Typhoon Neoguri struck the same region on July 10.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued several warnings for the Kagoshima prefecture, calling for high waves. Gale and thunderstorm advisories were also issued for much of the country.
The agency expects that Halong will strengthen somewhat and that it will make landfall with winds near 157 km/h, making the storm a weak Category 2 hurricane.