Issued (1630 UTC) 1230am PhT 100613
Typhoon Fitow continues to move near the Miyako Islands in Southern Japan. The eye is passing just north of Miyakojia, located about 320km southwest of Okinawa or about 350km east of Taipei. Maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly to 155kph with gusts of up to 185kph. Fitow is moving west northwestward at 20kph.
Storm Warnings remain posted across the Japanese Islands as issued by JMA. Meanwhile, Kadena Airforce Base has gone into Storm Watch as Fitow moves away from the area.
IR Image from NOAA
Latest satellite image shows the eye located just north of Miyakojima. It continues to bring strong typhoon-force winds across the region. Many stations reported seeing winds of up to 150kph along with rainfall amounts of up to 100kph. Okinawa is beginning to see some improvements with the weather while Miyako-jima will still experience stormy conditions for another 3 hours or so.
Radar Image from JMA
Radar image shows the eye near the Japanese Islands. As said above, rains and winds will continue for Miyako and Ishigaki Islands over the next few hours. There might still be pockets of moderate rain that could bring 30 to 50mm. Winds of up to 120kph may still be possible as well but should begin to weaken as we move into the morning hours. For the latest radar images and weather forecasts for Japan, click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Fitow will continue moving west northwestward and will threaten Northern Taiwan. Areas there, including Taipei, should expect strong winds and heavy rains beginning early morning and could last throughout the day. Fitow is then forecast to make landfall in Fujian Province in Eastern China by late evening or early Monday morning.
We'll have another update in the morning. Also stay tuned for our update on Tropical Storm Danas which may threaten Okinawa, yet again, in the next few days.