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Massive Typhoon Whacks Japan

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Category 2 Typhoon Lan killed three people in Japan Monday morning after it slammed into the country’s southern coast about 100 miles from Tokyo, the BBC reports.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency issued an evacuation order to more than 200,000 people are under an evacuation order, with millions more warned that more evacuations could come at any time. Heavy rain and wind around 100 mph has threatened severe flooding and mudslides, according to CNN.

Parts of Japan have already seen record rainfall, with as much as 20 inches in 72 hours. The storm’s cloud cover is larger than the entire island of Japan.

About 850 flights have been canceled in the country between Sunday and Monday, BBC reports.

One man died after being struck by collapsing scaffolding. Another 70-year-old man drowned after diving into the sea when his boat began experiencing engine trouble.

A mudslide killed at least one man after it swept over his home. Two more people are comatose while about 90 others have more minor injuries after the accident, according to BBC.

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