Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyong Lawin) Early Evening Update September 29, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Typhoon Jelawat (Bagyon Lawin), Tropical Storm Ewiniar, and also on a couple of low pressure areas that we are watching across the Western Pacific. Update on Jelawat starts at 0:48 while our update on Tropical Storm Ewiniar begins at around the 8:12 mark; our update on the two Low Pressure Areas begin at 9:38. Again, thank you for watching our lengthy yet in-depth video update!

**If you have your own videos or images from the system, please share them to us at philippineweather@yahoo.com or to robertspeta@westernpacificweather.com

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Typhoon Jelawat blew across Okinawa today bringing strong typhoon-force winds and very heavy rains. Some stations actually reported seeing wind gusts of as high as 220kph or 135mph! Rainfall amounts in the region range between 150 and 300mm! Jelawat is moving near Amami and still bringing winds of up to 160kph in the area.

Radar from JMA

Latest radar from Amami shows the center of Jelawat along with the inner and outer rain bands that are producing very heavy rainfall. Some of those bands could produce as high as 30mm of rain in an hour. In fact, we already have stations in Okinawa and the nearby islands collection nearly 300mm of rain just today! Fortunately, rains are tapering across Okinawa but will remain for Amami and the nearby islands. 100 to 150mm of rain are still possible as we head into tonight and tomorrow.

For more on the radar images, warnings, and forecasts for your area, please visit Japan Meteorological Agency by clicking HERE If you are inside Kadena, please consult your local authorities for instructions and warnings inside the base.

Jelawat is quickly northeastward and could make landfall in Honshu tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) around the Wakayama or Mie Prefecture. By that time, Jelawat could weaken to a Tropical Storm or a Category 1 Typhoon. It will move across Honshu, passing within 100km of Tokyo by Sunday evening. Despite the forecast weakening, Jelawat will still be a dangerous storm once it hits Honshu, please do not take this storm lightly!

Check out our homepage at https://westernpacificweather.com/ for the images and videos around Okinawa that were shared to us!

Below is a link to a video sent to us from Yaeyema (Thanks jewcher!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF5iveUmBys

This link, meanwhile, is a video from our Typhoon Chaser James Reynolds!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUiROwMLx

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ewiniar is moving out to sea away from Japan. It could become extra-tropical tomorrow but it’s not expected to really be a threat to land.

Finally, we give a quick update on two low pressure areas that could develop in the next few days. One is Invest 94W near Guam which could actually become a cyclone in the next 3 days. The other system is Invest 95W east of Vietnam in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and could become a cyclone in the next 5 days.

IR Image from NRLMRY

To help you visualize all the systems we are currently watching, the image above is an infra-red satellite of the Western Pacific and we have outlined the two tropical cyclones and two low pressure areas. The Western Pacific is definitely active!

Please continue to check back here for the latest information on these systems as well as on the Tube Casts by our very own Meteorologist Robert Speta. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

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