Typhoon "Trami," the 24th named storm, 10th typhoon and the 5th super typhoon of the 2018 Pacific season, has rapidly intensified into a super typhoon on September 24. In just 24 hours, Trami intensified for 65 km/h (40 mph). The storm threatens Japan's Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan on September 28 and 29.
At 09:00 UTC on September 24, the center of Typhoon "Trami" was located about 1 000 km (620 miles) SSE of Ishigaki-Shima, Japan and 1 250 km (777 miles) SSE of Taipei, northern Taiwan. The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 240 km/h (150 mph) and gusts to 296 km/h (184 mph). It's moving northwestward at 15 km/h (9 mph) with central pressure of 925 hPa.
Super Typhoon "Trami" at 06:50 UTC on September 24, 2018. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
Super Typhoon "Trami" at 07:00 UTC on September 24, 2018. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
Animated enhanced multispectral satellite imagery depicts a symmetric eyewall surrounding a 55 km (35 miles) wide eye.
Trami is expected to maintain super typhoon strength through 09:00 UTC, September 27, peaking at 270 km/h (167 mph) over the next 24 hours.
The current forecast track takes the typhoon toward Ishigaki-Shima, Japan. It should reach the island around 06:00 UTC on September 29 with maximum sustained winds of 204 km/h (127 mph).
Featured image: Super Typhoon "Trami" at 07:00 UTC on September 24, 2018. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
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