Issued (1230 UTC) 830pm PhT 101513
Typhoon Wipha continues to accelerate as it moves just south of Japan. The storm center was last located approximately 480km south southeast of Osaka or about 650km southwest of Tokyo. Maximum sustained winds are down to 150kph with gusts of up to 195kph. Typhoon Wipha is moving north northeastward at a speed of 40kph.
Japan Meteorological Agency has now issued Storm Warnings and heavy rain advisories across much of Honshu due to the impending approach of Typhoon Wipha. Please heed the warnings of the local authorities; stay safe!
IR Image from FNMOC
Latest satellite image shows the core of Wipha still intact despite the stronger wind shear in the region. Convection has slightly weakened although the core is still holding strong. The strong westerly winds are spreading the rains from the storm and are now affecting much of Honshu.
Radar Image from JMA
Latest radar shows Chubu and Kanto Regions dealing with light to moderate rains with pockets of heavy rains now moving in from the south. As much as 50mm of rain has already fallen in some places and 100 to 200mm of rain is still expected through tomorrow. Even Tokyo Area will see some heavy rains beginning tonight and lasting through tomorrow. For the latest radar images and forecasts, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Wipha will continue moving rapidly northeastward tonight. It will approach the coast of Kanto Region and will pass near Tokyo by tomorrow morning. Winds of up to 140kph along with heavy rains and high waves should be expected. Since the storm is moving quickly at this point, we expect the most severe conditions to last for only 3 to 6 hours. By tomorrow afternoon, the weather should start to quiet down.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.