Tokyo, Aug 1 (AP) A powerful typhoon that briefly strengthened into the Northern Hemisphere’s strongest storm of the year has lost much of its punch but could still hit Japan by this weekend. Also Read - US 'Largely Through' COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Donald Trump as Cases Cross 19-lakh Mark

The US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center says Typhoon Noru was packing maximum sustained winds of 194 kilometers (120 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 240 kilometers (148 miles) per hour as of midday today. Also Read - 2021 'Last Option' For Tokyo Games, Says Olympics Chief

The storm’s trajectory was highly uncertain. But the Japan Meteorological Agency was forecasting it might hit the southern island of Kyushu by Friday or the weekend. Also Read - India Committed to Strategic Partnership With US, President Kovind to Donald Trump | Highlights

The Weather Channel said the storm strengthened rapidly into a Category 5 cyclone at its peak on Monday, as its wind speeds more than doubled to 257 kilometers (160 miles) an hour. (AP)

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