Typhoon Faxai coverage
After North Korea was hit by typhoon Lingling on Sunday (see below), leaving five people dead, powerful Typhoon Faxai (14W) has made landfall Japan, battering the Tokyo area and causing transportation havoc.
According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Typhoon Faxai has made a landfall before 5 a.m. JST (8 p.m. UTC) in Chiba, the city east of Tokyo.
Faxai has already caused some travel disruption on its approach. Some 100 bullet trains connecting Tokyo with central and western Japanese cities scrapped on Sunday, along with ferries services in Tokyo bay.
Faxai has forced train operators to suspend major lines until at least 8 a.m. But more time may be required if problems are found.
The weather agency warned that central and eastern Japan, including Tokyo, could see record winds, forcing airlines to cancel a number of flights and some major roads to be closed.
Starting early morning, Faxai brought some floodwaters to affected areas.
Previous coverage of typhoons Lingling and Faxai
- Update Typhoon Faxai made landfall before 5 a.m. in Chiba, bringing strong winds and rain to the Kanto area.
- Update At 12:00 p.m. UTC Typhoon Faxai was located near 34.0N 139.1E, with max. sustained winds of 100 kt, gusts 125 kt.
- Update On Sept. 8th at 9:00 p.m. UTC, Typhoon Faxai remains on course to curve just southeast of U.S. bases in the Tokyo area overnight Sunday into Monday, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Given forecast points of approach, expect peak winds just past midnight into the wee hours Monday.
- Update At 12:00 a.m. UTC Typhoon Faxai (14W) was near 26.7N, 144.9E. Max. sustained winds 75 kt, gusts 90 kt. Typhoon Lingling (15W) was near 36.0N, 125.0E. Max sustained winds 75 kt, gusts 90 kt.
- Update We've uploaded the latest JTWC's warning cones for typhoons Faxai (14W) and Lingling (15W).
- Update At 6:00 p.m. UTC Typhoon Lingling (15W) was located near 33.7N, 124.9E, max. sustained winds 90 kt, gusts 110 kt. Check out the latest JTWC's cone (Warning #20) including Typhoon Faxai (14W) on any Windy forecast layer (or last 12h satellite/radar).
- Update At 3:00 p.m. UTC Typhoon Lingling (15W) was located near 32.3N, 125.0E, approx. 293 nm south-southwest of Kunsan AB, has tracked northward at 16 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height at 12:00 p.m. is 40 feet. (Warning #19)
- Update We've uploaded the latest Lingling (15W) warning cone by JTWC (Warning #16) to Windy.
- Update 5 September at 6:00 p.m. UTC Typhoon Lingling (15W) was located near 26.8N, 125.2E, max. sustained winds of 120 kt, gusts with higher gusts of 145 kt (JTWC's Warning #16)
Earlier Lingling (15W) coverage
After brushing Philippines, Typhoon Lingling (15W) continues to strengthen on its track to batter Ryukyu Islands, South Korea. Typhoon Lingling is now equivalent to major Category 4 Hurricane. Lingling is forecast to pull away from Japan's Ryukyu Islands into Friday, sending strong winds and heavy rainfall to the Korean Peninsula in time for the weekend.
Typhoon Lingling formed on September 2nd as Tropical Depression 15W and strengthened quickly into a tropical storm and then a typhoon.
On Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC reported that Typhoon Lingling, known locally in the Philippines as Liwayway was located near 21.4N and 124.2E (364 nautical miles southwest of Kadena Air Base). Lingling was moving to the north and had maximum sustained winds near 65 knots (75 mph/120.3 kph).
On Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. EDT (3:00 p.m. UTC), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC said that Typhoon Lingling, known locally in the Philippines as Liwayway, had moved away from the Philippines enough that warnings have been dropped. Lingling was located near 23.0N and 125.4E (247 nautical miles southwest of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan). Lingling was moving to the north-northeast and maximum sustained winds had increased to near 80 knots (75 mph/120.3 kph).