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October 22nd, 2017
Typhoon Lan slammed into Japan, causing heavy wind and rain that interfered with nationwide elections.
The Category 2 storm moved along Japan’s Pacific coast with sustained winds of up to 100 mph, with the most severe parts of the typhoon straddling across the majority of the island nation.
Expected to weaken as it makes it way inland, the typhoon arrived a day before it was expected.
In preparation for the storm, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of landslides and flooding, then ordered local authorities to prepare for evacuation.
Heavy winds and rain brought on by the Typhoon Lan in western and central Japan halted ferry service to remote islands and prevented ballots for the nation’s snap general election from being delivered for counting.
Government officials said ballot counting would likely be delayed until at least Monday as a result of the storm.
Abe’s coalition appeared to be on track to win a supermajority in the House of Representatives, as exit polls indicate his Liberal Democratic Party won between 255 and 300 seats in the 465-seat House of Representatives, reports UPI.
The typhoon was expected to lessen voter turnout, but reports following the closure of the polls indicated turnout could exceed the previous vote by 1 percentage point.
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