Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Super Typhoon Vongfong, World's Strongest Cyclone of 2014; Dangerous Threat to Okinawa, Japan This Weekend (FORECAST)

As of 12 a.m. Japanese time Thursday (11 a.m. EDT Wednesday in the U.S.), the eye of Vongfong was just under 600 miles south-southeast of Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, moving northwest at 8 mph.

Maximum sustained winds had tailed off a bit, but were still an estimated 165 mph, solidly the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, according to the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center.


With low vertical wind shear (change in wind speed and/or direction with height), impressive outflow (winds in the upper levels spreading apart from the center, favoring upward motion and thunderstorms) and warm western Pacific water, Vongfong intensified explosively.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong surpassed Genevieve for the most intense western Pacific typhoon of 2014 by estimated central pressure (900 millibars). On the JMA typhoon intensity scale, Vongfong is the third "violent typhoon" of 2014, following Genevieve and Halong.

"It's safe to say Vongfong was the strongest storm on earth since Haiyan last year," said Michael Lowry, storm specialist for The Weather Channel. Haiyan killed over 6,000 people when it slammed into the Philippines in November 2013 with maximum sustained winds estimated at 195 mph by JTWC.............http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-vongfong-japan-threat-20141006

8/10/14
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  1. Super typhoon on course for Japan....

    TOKYO: —A super typhoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday

    The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through the far west of the Pacific Ocean.

    “Its strength is very much similar to Haiyan,” which ravaged the Philippines in November, said a meteorologist at the Japan Meteorological Agency...............http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/supertyphoon-on-course-for-japan
    8/10/14

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  2. Vongfong, supertyphoon rivaling Haiyan, roaring toward Japan...

    A supertyphoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday

    The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through the far west of the Pacific Ocean.

    “Its strength is very much similar to Haiyan,” which ravaged the Philippines in November, said a meteorologist at the Meteorological Agency.

    Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing when gusts of around 300 kph (190 mph) tore through the country, generating giant waves that swamped coastal communities.

    Vongfong was registering gusts of the same strength, according to the Japanese agency.

    Satellite images of Supertyphoon Vongfong show a perfectly formed eye in the middle of a gigantic swirling disc of cloud that appears to be sucking up weather systems from across the Tropics...............http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/09/national/vongfong-supertyphoon-rivaling-haiyan-roaring-toward-japan/#.VDZp6FfQqt8
    9/10/4

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  3. Okinawa braces as super typhoon Vongfong powers north...

    Japan was bracing on Friday for its strongest storm this year, a super typhoon powering north toward the Okinawa island chain that threatens to rake a wide swath of the nation with strong winds and torrential rain.

    Typhoon Vongfong, which at one point rivaled last year’s devastating Haiyan in strength, was weakening slightly as it moved across the open ocean, but still packed winds gusting as high as 259 kph (160 mph).

    “There is no question that it is an extremely large, extremely powerful typhoon,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said of the 19th typhoon of the year.

    “It’s the strongest storm we’ve had this year, definitely, although it has lost some strength from its peak.”

    The storm, which will be Japan’s second typhoon in a week, was south of Okinawa and moving north at 15 kph (9 mph) with sustained winds of 185 kph (114 mph) as of Friday afternoon, the agency said.

    The typhoon is moving extremely slowly, which raises the danger of landslides and flooding.

    It was likely to be closest to Okinawa late on Saturday or early on Sunday...............http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/10/national/okinawa-braces-as-super-typhoon-vongfong-powers-north/#.VDg2W1fQqt8
    10/10/14

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  4. Douze blessés à Okinawa à la suite du passage du typhon Vongfong...

    Le puissant typhon Vongfong continuait samedi matin sa progression vers les îles principales du Japon et a déjà fait 12 blessés sur l'archipel d'Okinawa, à l'extrême sud du pays, balayé par des pluies diluviennes et des rafales de vent très violentes.
    Selon l'agence météorologique japonaise, Vongfong se trouvait à 05H00 à environ 200 km au sud-est de Naha, la principale ville de l'île d'Okinawa. Le typhon a été déclassé de "super-puissant" à "puissant" mais "reste toutefois important et très fort", avec des pointes de vents à plus de 230 km/h. Un habitant a d'ailleurs eu un doigt sectionné dans une porte lors d'une de ces surpuissantes rafales. Selon les estimations de l'agence japonaise, le typhon, qui continue sa progression à petite vitesse, environ 10 km/h, devrait atteindre lundi la côte de l'île de Kiushu, la grande île du Sud de l'archipel nippon. Il y a une semaine, un autre typhon, Phanfone, avait traversé le Japon, laissant derrière lui 6 morts et 5 disparus dont deux militaires américains. (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1131843/douze-blesses-a-okinawa-a-la-suite-du-passage-du-typhon-vongfong
    11/10/14

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  5. Powerful Typhoon Vongfong churned towards Japan on Saturday (Oct 11), injuring at least a dozen people as it pounded the southern Okinawan islands with ferocious winds and driving rain....

    The monster storm was about 200 kilometres southeast of Naha City in Japan's southernmost area of Okinawa at 12pm local time (11am Singapore time), according to the nation's meteorological agency.

    The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded the storm from a super typhoon, but Japanese officials said it remained "large and very strong" and warned of gusts, high waves, torrential rain and landslides. Packing gusts of up to 234 kilometres (145 miles) per hour, the typhoon was moving north very slowly, at 10 kilometres (six miles) per hour.

    Vongfong is expected to reach near Japan's southern main island of Kyushu by early Monday after brushing off Okinawa. It may then slam into the archipelago, the meteorological agency said..............http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/powerful-typhoon-churns/1409498.html
    11/10/14

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  6. Le niveau d’alerte orange a été déclenché en Chine en raison de l’approche du typhon Vonfong de régions côtières du pays....

    Selon le centre national de prévisions météorologiques en mer, la hauteur des vagues dans la mer de Chine orientale peut atteindre 10 m.

    Les météorologues ont déjà informé de la tempête imminente les équipages des navires qui sont dans la région, et vers lesquels ce typhon se déplace.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_12/La-Chine-a-declenche-le-niveau-d-alerte-orange-8534/
    12/10/14

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  7. Le puissant typhon Vongfong a touché les îles principales du Japon...

    Le puissant typhon Vongfong a touché lundi Kyushu, la grande île du sud du Japon, après avoir déjà fait 45 blessés dans l'extrême sud de l'archipel, balayé par des pluies diluviennes et des rafales de vent très violentes.
    Le centre du typhon, le 19e de la saison, "a touché terre à Makurazaki, sur l'île de Kyushu (à 1.000 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Tokyo), à environ 8h30 heure locale (lundi 01h30 heure belge)", a indiqué un porte-parole de l'Agence de météorologie nationale. Il avait atteint l'archipel d'Okinawa ce week-end, soulevant des rafales allant jusqu'à 234 km/h. Ce cyclone a été déclassé de "super-puissant" à "puissant", mais les autorités japonaises avaient indiqué samedi qu'il "restait toutefois important et très fort", mettant en garde contre des vagues hautes, des pluies torrentielles et des glissements de terrain. Elles ont recommandé à près de 400.000 habitants du sud du Japon d'évacuer leurs habitations. Au moins 45 personnes ont été blessées. Le trafic aérien a également été touché avec l'annulation de 329 vols prévus lundi. Il y a une semaine, un autre typhon, Phanfone, avait traversé le Japon, laissant derrière lui une dizaine de disparus, parmi lesquels trois militaires américains emportés par la mer alors qu'ils prenaient des photos à Okinawa. (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1132248/le-puissant-typhon-vongfong-a-touche-les-iles-principales-du-japon
    13/10/14

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