Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Typhoon Lingling satellite images: Typhoon to hit Ryukyu Islands, South Korea, Philippines | World | News

Typhoon Lingling is crossing through the northwestern Pacific Ocean and is forecast to move near to the southern Ryukyu Islands, with possible landfall in Miyako. According to Accuweather, both Ishigaki and Miyako are at risk of significant impact and can expect a 6 to 12-hour period of heavy rainfall with wind gusts of more than 80 mph. Currently, Lingling is packing winds of 132mph with gusts of 161mph.

On September 4, the Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite showed powerful thunderstorms circling Typhoon Lingling’s visible 15 nautical-mile wide eye.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted, “Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery depicts tightly-curved banding wrapping into a ragged eye.”

Microwave satellite imagery also showed a well-defined microwave eye feature.

As of the JTWC latest update, Lingling was located 186 miles west-southwest of Kadena Airbase.

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The storm is moving northward at a rate of 9mph and maximum significant wave height has been recorded as being 44 feet.

If it continues tracking northward, Lingling will pass to the west of the remainder of Ryukyu Islands on Thursday night and Friday.

Despite not being directly impacted, the islands may still endure a period of heavy rainfall and localised flooding.

The typhoon will then track towards South Korea, and the powerful storm is forecast for a potential landfall on Saturday or Saturday night as either a typhoon or strong tropical storm.

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The whole of the country will be at risk for a period of torrential rainfall combined with locally damaging winds.

AccuWeather predicts total rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) is forecast with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 300 mm (12 inches).

However, any eastward move on its track could see impacts to Kyushu and the southern part of Honshu.

Mainland Japan seems to avoid being affected by Lingling, but another tropical storm near Wake Island is forecast to track northwestward this week.

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This could approach eastern Japan this weekend or early next week as a strong tropical storm or typhoon.

The greatest risk for this second storm could be seen across eastern Honshu, including Tokyo.

The 2019 Pacific Typhoon season runs throughout 2019, and most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.

So far in 2019, there have been 29 total depressions, 15 total storms, five typhoons and two unofficial super typhoons.

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