Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 101214
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Typhoon Vongfong has weakened to a Category 1 as it moves away from the Ryukyu Islands. The center of Vongfong was last located approximately 190km north northwest of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are at 130kph with gusts of up to 165kph. Typhoon Vongfong is moving north northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows convection has weakened around Vongfong's circulation center. Dry air from the north and increasing wind shear are inducing some quick weakening with the core beginning to erode. Nevertheless, strong winds especially near the center and light to moderate rains will still pose a threat to Kyushu.
Radar Image from JMA
Latest radar image shows rain showers are ending across Amami and nearby islands in the Ryukyus. Meanwhile, rains are beginning to move north into Kyushu. Winds of up to 180kph were recorded in Okinawa last night along with periods of heavy rains. Some communities are without power right now due to the stormy conditions.
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Weather conditions across the Ryukyu Islands will continue to improve today with the stormy weather shifting north towards the island of Kyushu. Typhoon Vongfong is forecast to weaken to a Tropical Storm by tonight and make landfall in Kyushu by tomorrow morning (Monday). Strong winds, high waves, and widespread rains will threaten the region over the next 24 to 48 hours. Vongfong will move northeastward across Shikoku and Honshu moving near the cities of Osaka and Nagoya.
We'll have another update later today.