Typhoon Lionrock nears Japan's tsunami-hit northeast, grounds flights

Tokyo, August 30, AZERTAC

More than 100 flights were canceled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people as a powerful typhoon approached Japan’s northeast on Tuesday, a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago, according to Reuters.

Typhoon Lionrock was expected to make landfall in the northeast Tohoku region later on Tuesday, with sustained winds of 120 km per hour (75 mph) and gusts up to 176 kph (109 mph) as it moved north from the Pacific Ocean, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Tokyo Electric Power Co, operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant wrecked in the March 2011 disaster, said it had suspended some outdoor operations. About 1,200 households lost power in eastern Japan near Tokyo.