Monday, October 13, 2014

Tropical Storm Vongfong Update #14

Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 101414

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Tropical Storm Vongfong is now beginning to exit the island of Honshu. The system was last located approximately 440km northeast of Tokyo, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are down to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Vongfong is moving northeastward at 50kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Vongfong taking on the characteristics of a frontal system. Circulation center has become elongated and difficult to discern on the satellite. Convection has also weakened significantly and is mainly found on the northern periphery. Winds have also weakened although reports of up to 80kph are still present especially along the coast.

Radar Image from JMA

Aside from the winds, widespread light to moderate rains have moved north towards the Tohoku Region in Honshu as well as in the island of Hokkaido. Much of Japan received 50 to as much as 200mm of rainfall due to Vongfong. We are expecting around 50 to 100mm to fall today across Northern Japan.

For the latest radar images, click HERE (JMA Website)

Tropical Storm Vongfong will continue moving quickly to the northeast today. It is forecast to also become fully extra-tropical within the next 12 hours. Rains across Northern Honshu and Hokkaido will continue this morning but should taper off this afternoon. Rest of Japan should also expect clearing weather today.

We'll have another update later today.

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