Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tropical Storm Vongfong Update #13 (LANDFALL)

Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 101314

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Vongfong has weakened to a Tropical Storm as it made landfall in the island of Kyushu earlier this morning. The system was last located approximately 150km northeast of Kagoshima or about 430km southwest of Osaka. Maximum sustained winds are at 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Vongfong is moving east northeastward at 30kph.

IR Image from NOAA

Latest satellite image shows Vongfong continuing to deteriorate as it moves across the Japanese Islands. The center is becoming free of convection as dry air continues to get mixed into the circulation. Vongfong is forecast to become a fully extra-tropical cyclone by tomorrow as it moves into the North Pacific Ocean.

Radar Image from JMA

Heavy rains associated with Vongfong are now moving eastward into Shikoku and the regions of Chugoku, Kinki, and Chubu in the island of Honshu. Rainfall rates of up to 60mm/hr have been recorded in some places. Up to 300mm of rainfall is possible in many areas, especially in mountainous regions. Residents are advised to coordinate with their local officials and always follow their warnings and advisories!

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

Tropical Storm Vongfong will continue moving quickly to the east northeast today. It will pass near the cities of Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoya later this afternoon bringing inclement weather in these metro areas. Vongfong will continue rapidly weakening as it moves across Honshu but the threat of heavy rains will continue for Kanto and the Tohoku Regions later tonight. By tomorrow (Tuesday), Vongfong is forecast to exit into the North Pacific Ocean as a extra-tropical cyclone.

We'll have another update later today.

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