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Typhoon Halong continues to move northward and is already affecting many areas in Japan. The system was last located approximately 360km south of Miyazaki or about 430km northeast of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds have slightly weakened to 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Halong is moving northward at 15kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the eye remains intact. However, convective activity has weakened and worsened today. Further analysis also show the inner core eroding as it starts to encounter dry air and cooler sea temperatures. Nevertheless, strong winds are still a threat and are actually starting to affect the Osumi Islands in the Kagoshima Prefecture.
Radar Image from JMA
Latest radar image from Southern Kyushu shows the outer and inner rain bands from Halong approaching from the south. These are already affecting parts of Ryukyu and Osumi Islands. Farther to the north, pockets of light to moderate (and sometimes heavy) rains are affecting parts of Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu. Many areas here will see up to 300mm of rain over the next few days as Halong moves through.
For the latest radar images and weather warnings from Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Halong will continue moving northward and will move just east of Kyushu Island by tomorrow. Strong winds and heavy rains will batter the eastern coastline. Halong is then forecast to make landfall in the Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku by tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) as a Typhoon. It will then quickly weaken to a Tropical Storm as it crosses into the Chugoku Region in Honshu and exit into the Sea of Japan by Sunday morning.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.