Monday, June 18, 2012

Typhoon Guchol Update #16

Typhoon Guchol continues to accelerate towards Mainland Japan. It was last located approximately 170km east of Amami. Maximum sustained winds are down to 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. Guchol is now a Category-2 typhoon. It is moving north northeastward at 40kph.

Sustained winds of 40 to 60kph were recorded last night at Okinawa. Higher winds were recorded at Daitojima with gusts of up to 140kph. Furthermore, heavy rain pounded the region dropping 30 to 80mm of rain overnight. Right now, outer rain bands are affecting Amami and Kyushu. Rainfall rates of 10 to 20mm are possible along heavier pockets. There could as much as 150mm of rain in some areas today. Because of this, JMA has issued Heavy Rain, Flood, and Storm Warnings for many areas in Kyushu and Shikoku. If you are living in these areas, please consult the authorities for the latest warnings and forecasts. For the latest radar image, please click HERE (JMA website)

Radar Image from JMA

Typhoon Guchol is now interacting with the strong westerlies situated across Japan. This interaction is also bringing widespread rains across Kyushu, Shikoku, and Western Honshu. Guchol will head towards Shikoku/Kanto Region later today and will move near Osaka later this afternoon; it will weaken to a tropcial storm as it moves over land. Guchol will then move across Chubu region and then into Tohoku later tonight. Typhoon Guchol will then complete extra-tropical  transition tomorrow (Wednesday) as it exits into the North Pacific.

IR Image from NRLMRY

We'll have more updates later this afternoon.
Issued (22 UTC) 6am PhT 061912

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