Archive | October 18, 2017

Lan continues to approach Japan

Good morning from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Typhoon Lan has grown in size but remains a strong typhoon east of the Philippines. It is slowly but still moving in a northerly direction and will continue to do so for the next couple of days.

For the moment, portions of Okinawa remain in the cone of concern, but a direct hit is becoming less likely at this time. However, high surf, strong winds, and heavy rainfall will be threats nevertheless for those living on the islands, and therefore, residents should prepare for deteriorating conditions by late Friday and through the weekend into late Sunday.

The attention is currently turning to those located on the main island (Honshu). The storm for the moment by the late weekend seems to be turning more toward the northeast, and that means a couple of things. First, the storm will only have some deterioration due to less interaction with the mountains of western Japan. If this is the case, then Lan could have a much greater impact for those in the Kansai and Kanto areas, including Tokyo. Residents across Honshu should remain vigilant with the upcoming forecast as the current track may lead to stormy conditions throughout Monday and Tuesday.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather