Friday 25 October 2013

Francisco's progress

Weather Channel: Typhoon Francisco “merging with cold front”

  • High threat of mudslides, floods from heavy rainfall
  • Another wave developing in Pacific

Weather Channel, Oct. 24, 2013 at 5:25p ET: Weakening Francisco Will Soak Japan [...] it’s current forecast path keeps Francisco offshore and away from heavily populated places like Tokyo.  That said, Francisco is also merging with a cold front arriving from eastern Asia. In fact, the latest radar from the Japanese Meteorological Agency shows bands of rain already setting up over Japan. Given saturated ground from Typhoon Wipha just over a week ago, the threat of additional flash flooding and mudslides is high until Francisco pulls away from Japan Saturday.

Japan Times, Oct. 24, 2013: Typhoon Francisco heads for Kyushu [...] It is packing gusts of up to 180 kph, the agency said. [...] The typhoon is expected to travel along the southern coast of [...] Honshu, and may bring heavy rain to eastern and western Japan over the weekend, the agency said. [...] The more powerful Typhoon Lekima, the 28th of the season, is approaching the Ogasawara Islands some 1,000 km south of Tokyo, packing gusts of 306 kph. The typhoon is not expected to hit Honshu, it said. […]

redOrbit, Oct. 24, 2013: [...] Super Typhoon Lekima has winds around 130kts [150mph] and pressure near 926mb and will continue to move towards the west-northwest and be near the island of Iwo Jima (Iwo To). Typhoon Francisco has winds around 60kts and pressure of 978mb and will continue to move along the Eastern shores of Japan bringing strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge to the region. There is another wave that is beginning to develop to the northeast of Guam that will have to be watched for possible tropical development. […]

Michael Lowry, TWC Hurricane Specialist: “Japan will be impacted by this storm in the next few days — We’re expecting heavy rainfall from a frontal boundary

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