From monster to menace, Typhoon Lan was a memorable typhoon.
On Friday, the storm blew up — morphing from a minimal Category 1 typhoon into a Category 4 behemoth in a mere 24 hours. Then, even as a weakening Category 2 storm Sunday, it slammed ashore Japan’s east coast about 120 miles southwest of Tokyo and has been blamed for at least two deaths.
“Rivers burst their banks in several parts of the country, flooding streets,” CNN reported. “Video from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK shows collapsed roads and homes engulfed by a massive mudslide.”
At peak intensity, Lan was a remarkable storm, gaining super typhoon status after its peak wind speed more than doubled between Thursday and Saturday — ultimately cresting at 155 mph. Typhoons become super typhoons when their peak winds reach 150 mph.
By Saturday, the views of the super typhoon from space were incredible. The storm developed a giant eye, 60 to 65 miles across, with a ring of intense thunderstorms surrounding it.
Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut aboard the International Space Station, captured stunning photographs of the storm:
Japan’s Himawari weather satellite also produced stunning imagery, revealing small swirls — known as mesovortices — orbiting the eye.
As it blasted through Japan, the storm transitioned from a typhoon to a nontropical storm and is now sweeping across the North Pacific Ocean.
The storm is predicted to help pump up a big ridge in the jet stream over western North America later this week, which will, in turn, cause the jet stream to dip over the Eastern United States, facilitating the initiation of a cold weather pattern.
Below, find more remarkable views of the super typhoon shared on social media.