Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. At 2:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday the center of Typhoon Faxai was located at latitude 35.3°N and 139.7°E which put it about 30 miles (50 km) south of Tokyo, Japan. Faxai was moving toward the north-northeast at 15 m.p.h. (24 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 110 m.p.h. (170 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 130 m.p.h. (220 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 959 mb.
The eye of Typhoon Faxai was very near Tokyo and the northern portion of the eyewall may have been over the city. The strongest winds were in the ring of thunderstorms around the eye. Winds to typhoon force extended out about 45 miles (75 km) from the center of Typhoon Faxai. Winds to typhoon force were likely occurring in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 160 miles (260 km) from the center of Faxai. Radar operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency indicated that the eyewall and rainbands were dropping heavy rain over the region around Tokyo. Flash flooding is likely to occur in some locations.
Typhoon Faxai will move northeast across eastern Honshu during the next few hours. Faxai will be capable of causing serious wind damage while it moves over the region northeast of Tokyo. Heavy rain is likely to cause flash floods in that area. Typhoon Faxai will move northeast of Japan on Monday and conditions should improve.
Typhoon Faxai strengthened into the equivalent of a major hurricane south of Tokyo, Japan on Saturday. At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday the center of Typhoon Faxai was located at latitude 31.8°N and longitude 139.7°E which put it about 300 miles (485 km) south of Tokyo, Japan. Faxai was loving toward the northwest at 18 m.p.h. (30 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 130 m.p.h. (215 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 160 m.p.h. (260 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 944 mb.
Typhoon Faxai intensified rapidly into the equivalent of a major hurricane on Saturday. There was a small circular eye at the center of circulation. The eye was surround by a ring of strong thunderstorms and the strongest winds were occurring in that ring of storms. Bands of showers and thunderstorms were revolving around the core of Typhoon Faxai. Storms near the core were generating upper level divergence which was pumping mass away from the typhoon.
The circulation around Typhoon Faxai became more symmetrical on Saturday. Winds to typhoon force extended out about 40 miles (65 km) from the center of circulation. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 140 miles (220 km) from the center. The Hurricane Intensity Index (HII) for Typhoon Faxai was 25.1. The Hurricane Size Index (HSI) was 15.0 and the Hurricane Wind Intensity Size Index (HWISI) was 40.1. Typhoon Faxai was capable of causing regional major damage.
Typhoon Faxai will move through an environment favorable for powerful typhoons during the next 12 hours. Faxai will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 28°C. It will move under the middle of an upper level ridge where the winds are weak and there will be little vertical wind shear. Typhoon Faxai is likely to maintain its intensity during the next 12 hours and it could strengthen a little more. Typhoon Faxai will reach the coast of Honshu in about 12 hours and Faxai will weaken when it moves over land. Faxai will move under the westerly winds in the middle latitudes in a day or so and the vertical wind shear will increase when that happens.
Typhoon Faxai will move around the western end of a subtropical high pressure system over the Western North Pacific Ocean. The high will steer Faxai toward the north during the next 12 to 18 hours. The high pressure system and the westerly winds in the middle latitude will turn Typhoon Faxai toward the northeast in 18-24 hours. On its anticipated track Typhoon Faxai will approach the coast of Honshu near Tokyo in about 12 hours. Faxai will be capable of causing major damage when it reaches Honshu.
Typhoon Lingling sped toward the Korean peninsula on Friday. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday the center of Typhoon Lingling was located at latitude 34.8°N and longitude 125.0°E which put it about 100 miles (160 km) west of Mokpo, South Korea. Lingling was moving toward the north at 30 m.p.h. (48 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 105 m.p.h. (165 km/h) and thee were wind gusts to 125 m.p.h. (200 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 955 mb.
Typhoon Lingling was weakening gradually while it was speeding toward the north. Lingling was moving over water where the Sea Surface Temperature was near 26°C. An upper level trough over eastern Asia was producing strong southerly winds which blowing toward the top of the typhoon. Those winds were causing moderate vertical wind shear. The circulation around Typhoon Lingling was also pulling in drier air from Asia around the southern side of the circulation. Even though it was weakening, Lingling remained a dangerous typhoon. Winds to typhoon force extended out about 45 miles (75 km) from the center of circulation. The stronger winds were primarily in the eastern half of the circulation. Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 220 miles (350 km) from the center.
The upper trough over eastern Asia was steering Typhoon Lingling rapidly toward the north. On its anticipated track Typhoon Lingling could reach the west coast of North Korea in less than 12 hours. Lingling will be capable of causing serious damage. It will also drop locally heavy rain over the Korean peninsula which could cause flash floods in some locations.
Elsewhere over the Western North Pacific Ocean, former Tropical Storm Faxai strengthened into a typhoon east of iwo To. At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday the center of Typhoon Faxai was located at latitude 26.1°N and longitude 145.6°E which put it about 325 miles (520 km) east of Iwo To. Faxai was moving toward the west-northwest at 21 m.p.h. (34 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 75 m.p.h. (120 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 90 m.p.h. (145 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 979 mb. Typhoon Faxai is forecast to move toward the northwest and strengthen. Faxai could intensify into the equivalent of a major hurricane. Typhoon Faxi could approach the area around Tokyo, Japan in less than 72 hours.