Now its Japan's turn to brace for a monster storm as Typhoon Lan nears

Dark clouds gather behind the Taipei 101 skyscraper in Taipei, Taiwan, on Oct 17, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - Seems like no one can escape nature's wrath these days.

Typhoon Lan is forecast to grow into a monster storm south of Japan before it weakens on its approach to the island nation next week. It come on the heels of Ophelia, which brought gale-force winds to southern Ireland Monday, Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico, and Irma, Harvey and Nate, which struck the US Gulf Coast or Florida.

That's not to mention two hurricanes that recently struck Mexico.

Lan's top winds could reach 138 miles (222 kilometers) per hour Saturday, which would make it the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii. As it nears the Tokyo-Yokohama area, winds will probably weaken to about 109 mph, making it a Category 2 storm.

Lan isn't the first big storm for Japan this season. It was struck by typhoons Noru and Talim, in August in September.

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