Tropical Storm "Faxai" forms in the Pacific Ocean, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm "Faxai" formed in the Pacific Ocean on September 5, 2019, as the 15th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season.

At of 06:00 UTC on September 5, the center of Tropical Storm "Faxai" was located about 1 685 km (1 050 miles) ESE of Iwo To, Japan.

Its maximum 10-minute sustained winds were 65 km/h (40 mph), while maximum 1-minute sustained winds were 65 km/h (40 mph), with gusts up to 95 km/h (60 mph).

The minimum central barometric pressure was 1002 hPa and the system was moving northwestward at 19 km/h (12 mph).

The system will continue on its current track, and turn more northwestward after 48 hours.

Favorable environment will allow intensification to peak at 167 km/h (103 mph) by 09:00 UTC on September 8.

JTWC expects landfall near Tokyo around 12:00 UTC on September 8.

Extratropical transition is expected on September 9 as the cyclone accelerates northeastward across the Kanto Plain, exiting back over the Pacific Ocean.

Featured image: Tropical Storm "Faxai" at 10:00 UTC on September 5, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8

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