Monday, July 18, 2011

Typhoon Ma-On Update #16

Typhoon Ma-On continues to weaken as it approaches the Shikoku Island. It was last located approximately 160kph east southeast of Miyazaki City in the east coast of Kyushu Island. Ma-On has weakened to a Category 1 typhoon with sustained winds of up to 140kph gusting to 190kph. Ma-On is moving northward at 25kph.

Latest wind reports around Shikoku and Kyushu indicate winds of around 30-40kph with gusts of as high as 60-70kph in some areas. Radar images also depict light to moderate rain are now beginning to overspread much of Eastern Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu. The eye is now also being detected as well as the rings rain bands surrounding the center.

We are not expecting Ma-On to intensify anymore although it will likely keep that typhoon-intensity upon landfall. Slight changes with the forecast regarding the landfall times. We now expect Ma-On to make landfall in Southeastern Kochi as early as late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning (Japan Time). Ma-On will then pass through the prefectures of Tokushima, Wakayama, and Nara.

By Wednesday it will pass through the prefectures of Mie, Aichi, and Shizuoka. It will weaken to a tropical storm before passing south of Tokyo along the southern coast of Kanagawa and Chiba.

Latest Radar Image for Shikoku, taken from JMA

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Issued (2130 UTC) 530am PhT 071911

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