Issued (15 UTC) 11pm PhT 080914
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Typhoon Halong continues to move closer to the island of Shikoku and could make landfall in the next 3 hours. The system was last located approximately 90km southwest of the city of Kochi or about 300km southwest of Osaka. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Halong is moving north northeastward at 15kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Halong moving closer to Shikoku. The system has slightly weakened and the inner core is starting to get eroded, especially on the western half. However, There is still ample convective activity on the eastern side which will bring stormy conditions across Japan.
Radar Image from JMA
Latest radar image shows widespread heavy rains are now pummeling Shikoku and the Kansai Region in Honshu. Thousands of residents have been ordered to evacuate due to the threat brought by heavy rains. We are expecting as much as 300 to even 500mm of rain to fall over the next 24 to 48 hours, especially in Shikoku. Even parts of Honshu may see up to 300mm through tomorrow.
For the latest radar images and warnings, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Halong is forecast to make landfall within the next 3 hours near the city of Kochi. It will then weaken to a Tropical Storm as it crosses into the Chugoku and Kansai Regions of Honshu. Widespread heavy rains should be expected along the areas mentioned. Halong will exit into the Sea of Japan by Sunday afternoon and should continue to weaken as it moves northward.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.