Saturday, August 9, 2014

Typhoon Halong Update #22 (w/ Video) [LANDFALL]

Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 081014

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Typhoon Halong has made landfall in the island of Shikoku earlier this morning. The system is now moving into Tokushima Prefecture and was last located approximately 50km east northeast of Kochi or about 160km southwest of Osaka. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 165kph. Typhoon Halong is moving north northeastward at 15kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Halong maintaining that inner core with strong convective activity crossing over the island of Shikoku. A weather station in Muroto recorded sustained winds of up to 150kph and gusts of up to 185kph which support our current wind estimates. Winds should significantly weaken now that the system is inland. However, the threat of heavy rains will continue.

Radar Image from JMA

Latest radar image shows widespread heavy rains falling across Shikoku and parts of Chugoku and Kansai Regions (particularly across Kii Peninsula). We're expecting up to 500mm of rain to fall across these areas over the next 24 to 48 hours. Please heed the warnings from your local officials and if you've been told to evacuate, please do so especially if you live in mountainous areas, low-lying areas and near bodies of water.

For the latest radar images and warnings from Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)

Typhoon Halong should weaken to a Tropical Storm as it crosses into Honshu. Cities like Kobe, Osaka, and Kyoto will see strong winds and heavy rains over the next 6 to 12 hours. Even parts of Chubu Region including the city of Nagoya could see stormy conditions later today. Halong will move into the Sea of Japan by early tomorrow morning and should become an extra-tropical cyclone as it moves towards Russia by Tuesday and Wednesday.

We'll have another update later today.

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