Tropical Storm "Nepartak" -- the 8th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season -- is heading toward the eastern coast of Honshu, Japan. Landfall is expected in an area close to Sendai City, Tohoku Region around midnight UTC on July 28, 2021, with maximum sustained winds up to 85 km/h (53 mph).
Evacuation orders have been issued for Atami City, south of capital Tokyo, which has been heavily impacted by recent floods and landslides.
Storm and high wave warnings have been issued for coastal areas from southern Fukushima Prefecture to northern Miyagi Prefecture. Moderate to heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast over most of central and northern Honshu, including the Greater Tokyo Area.
Up to 180 mm (7 inches) of rainfall is expected in the Tohoku Region and up to 80 mm (3.1 inches) in the Kanto-Koshin and the Hokuriku regions in 24 hours to 18:00 LT on July 28.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of potential mudslides, floods, and rough seas in affected areas.
Tropical Storm "Nepartak" at 06:50 UTC on July 27, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
At 12:00 UTC on July 27, Tropical Storm "Nepartak" was located about 240 km (150 miles) ENE of Yokosuka, Japan.
Its maximum 10-minute sustained winds were 75 km/h (45 mph) at the time, with gusts up to 110 km/h (70 mph). Maximum 1-minute sustained winds were 65 km/h (40 mph). The minimum central barometric pressure was 990 hPa and the system was moving N at 15 km/h (9.2 mph).
More details in the latest update by meteorologist Robert Speta:
Featured image: Tropical Storm "Nepartak" at 06:50 UTC on July 27, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW
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