Issued (0030 UTC) 830am PhT 090413
Tropical Storm Toraji has made landfall in the island of Kyushu earlier this morning. The center of circulation is now crossing into Miyazaki Prefecture and was last located approximately 40km north northeast of Miyazaki City. Maximum sustained winds are slightly down to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Toraji is moving northeastward at 25kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows clouds associated with Toraji moving across Kyushu and Western Honshu. The system is also beginning to undergo an extra-tropical transition with dry air wrapping around the circulation leaving the center partially exposed. Toraji will complete said transition by today and will be absorbed by the mid-latitude trough draped across Northern Japan.
Radar Image from JMA
Toraji is bringing widespread moderate to heavy rains with frequent lightning and even the small possibility of a tornado. Some stations recorded rainfall of up 150mm in just 12 hours. Strong winds were also reported across Kyushu this morning, sometimes gusting as high 100kph. For the latest radar images and weather forecasts, click HERE (JMA Website)
Stormy conditions will spread into Shikoku and Central Honshu (including the Kanto Region) later today. Toraji will be moving quickly to the northeast and could affect Tokyo beginning tomorrow.
We'll have another update later today.