Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 072515
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Halola has weakened to a Tropical Storm this afternoon and continues to move across the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. The storm center was last located approximately 200km north northeast off the island of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are down to 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. Tropical Storm Halola is currently moving northward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Tropical Storm Halola continuing to weaken as it moves near the Japanese Islands. Dry air entrainment and cooler sea surface temperatures are contributing to the gradual weakening. Latest weather observations across Amami indicate winds below the typhoon-threshold along with increasing pressure readings. However, we are still seeing gusts well above 120kph. Expect the stormy conditions to persist through the evening hours.
Radar Image from JMA
Aside from the strong winds, we are also seeing bands of light to moderate rains continuing to affect the islands. There's not much heavy rainfall accumulations expected for the region but rains may still linger through tonight.
For the latest radar images and weather warnings for Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)
Tropical Storm Halola will continue to track northward across the East China Sea and should be weakening along the way. Parts of Kyushu and Western Honshu will begin to see some light to moderate rains, along with gusty winds, impacting the region tomorrow and could last through the rest of the weekend.
We'll have another update tomorrow.