Published October 06, 2013
Typhoon Danas has its sight set on Japan for the early and middle parts of the week.
A destructive storm surge of 2.5-3.5 meters (8-12 feet), damaging winds over 150 kph (90 mph), and flooding rainfall of 4-8 inches are expected along the path of Danas which include the Ryukyu Islands, as well as the Kyushu and Chugoku Regions of Japan.
The southern Korean Peninsula will also get rocked by Danas; however, the worst of the wind and storm surge impacts should remain confined to Japan.
For the Ryukyu Islands, Danas will mark the second impact from a typhoon in less than three days.
After dealing with around 100 mm (4 inches) of rain and tropical storm force winds in Okinawa, Japan from Typhoon Fitow Friday and Saturday, Danas will slam the Ryukyu Islands on Monday with potentially even stronger impacts.
Danas acquired tropical characteristics Thursday night local time (8 A.M. Thursday, EDT) just north of Guam, and then strengthened into a typhoon Saturday night.
Danas is packing sustained winds of around 175 kph (110 mph) with higher gusts.
The storm is smaller in size as compared with other typhoons in the West Pacific this year, however, it still will pack a big punch.
Danas will move in a northwesterly direction across the Ryukyu Islands on Monday before then taking a turn toward the north Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The dangerous typhoon will then get steered northeasterly either over Kyushu Island or between Kyushu and the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday into Tuesday night.
After interacting and impacting land, Danas will weaken as it pushes into the cooler waters of the Sea of Japan Tuesday night into early Wednesday.
The storm will continue to get steered toward the northeast on Wednesday which means Danas could make its second landfall over the Tohoku region of Japan in a much weaker state bringing some rain and gusty winds.
Danas will then race east-northeastward away from Japan on Thursday, allowing the country to dry out and recover from any adverse impacts.