Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 100614
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Typhoon Phanfone is now making landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture on the island of Honshu. The system was last located approximately 140km east of Nagoya or about 150km southwest of Tokyo. Maximum sustained winds are at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Phanfone is currently moving northeastward at 40kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Phanfone slowly unraveling as it races to the northeast. The central convection remains intact but the inner core is slowly decaying. Phanfone is beginning to transition into an extra-tropical cyclone and will continue to weaken as it undergoes that process. Nevertheless, the storm remains a dangerous one and will continue to bring inclement weather across Southeastern Honshu over the next 12 hours.
Radar Image from JMA
Latest radar image from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows widespread rains moving across Chubu and Kanto Regions. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area is also being affecting by heavy rains capable of bringing up to 30mm of rain per hour. We're expecting as much as 200mm of rain to fall through the afternoon hours. Rains will taper off from west to east and should clear the entire region over the next 12 hours.
For the latest radar images and warnings for Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Typhoon Phanfone will continue moving quickly to the northeast. It will pass just north of Tokyo in the next 3 hours and will bring strong winds in the city. It is forecast to eventually exit Honshu later this afternoon and stormy conditions should slowly end tonight. Phanfone will then race to the northeast across the North Pacific, becoming an extra-tropical cyclone by tomorrow.
We'll have another update later today. We'll have an update on Typhoon Vongfong (which is now leaving the Mariana Islands) later this morning.