While Japan is still dealing with damaging wind and flooding rainfall from Typhoon Phanfone, Typhoon Vongfong will continue to gain strength across the western Pacific Ocean early this week.
Typhoon Vongfong is bringing flooding rainfall and damaging wind to the northern Mariana Islands and will continue to do so into Monday, local time. Wind gusts are expected to surpass 100 mph (160 kph) and rainfall will near 12 inches (300 mm).
As the center of the storm passes to the west of the island chain on Monday afternoon, conditions will gradually improve, although locally drenching showers and thunderstorms are expected to remain into the middle of the week.
Across the western Pacific Ocean, the combination of light wind shear and warm water will lead to conditions conducive for Vongfong to strengthen.
By the middle of the week, Vongfong is expected to be a super typhoon wind sustained wind near 150 mph (240 kph). This is equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane.
Late next week while Vongfong is located to the south of Japan, the typhoon is expected to slow and make a turn to the north. While there remains uncertainty with the track late in the week and into next weekend, a northward turn would bring Vongfong closer to Japan.
Due to this northward track and potential impacts to Japan, anyone with interests in the region should continue to monitor this situation.