A major typhoon is barreling toward Japan. Typhoon Ma-on is expected to make landfall around noon Sunday. It's path, shown above, indicates it will hit Tokyo and, just past that along that path, lies Fukushima Prefecture.
According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm ofMa-on'sstrength (category 4)at landfall includes:
- Storm surge generally 4.0-5.5 metres (13-18 feet) above normal.
- Curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences.
- Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down.
- Complete destruction of mobile homes.
- Extensive damage to doors and windows.
- Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the centre of the storm.
- Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore.
- Terrain lower than 3 metres (10 feet) above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 10 km (6 miles).
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