Halong (was 11W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean


Halong is now located 110 nautical miles east of Iwakuni, Japan and has been tracking northeastward at 13 knots over the past six hours.  The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has closed the book on Halong and will not be issuing further updates on this storm, however, they will be monitoring it in case of regeneration which can happen to these types of storms.

The effects of the storm were widespread and caused the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to issue a rare emergency weather warning for Mie prefecture as Halong dumped record-rainfall on Japan.That warning prompted the evacuations of some 500,000 people in two towns in Mie prefecture as at least 17 inches of rain were recorded during a 24 hour period in the town of Hakusan.









































This GOES-West image shows the trio of storms terrorizing the Pacific. Julio and the remnants of Iselle are near Hawaii and the Halong can be seen far left as it approaches Japan in this August 10 at 13:30 UTC.

The JMA said the storm, packing winds of up to 100 km/h, was expected to dump more rain in eastern and northern Japan by Monday morning, and warned of landslides and floods.  Japan was also shaken Sunday afternoon by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck off the northeastern coast. There was no danger of a tsunami, and there were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 966 mb, 28.53 inches.

For updated forecasts on Iselle, please visit NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center website at: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/tcpages/ISELLE.php. For updated forecasts on Hurricane Julio, please visit NOAA's National Hurricane Center website: www.nhc.noaa.gov.



























Aug. 09, 2014 - NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Now Tropical Storm Halong Over Japan


Terra satellite captured this image of Typhoon Halong on August 9, 2014 at 01:50 UTC.

Downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm ,Halong is located approximately 121 miles south southeast of Iwakuni, Japan and is tracking north northeastward at 10 knots over the past six hours.  Infrared satellite imagery shows the now tropical storm is starting to weaken as it approaches the southwestern coast of Japan.  Overall organization of the storm has been diminishing as the outer bands of the storm have begun to contact land.  The eyewall, though, is still well-defined and can be seen clearly in the Terra image.

Halong is expected to be making landfall within the next few hours. This is when the weakening of the system will intensify as land induced frictional effects begin. Once Halong tracks into the Sea of Japan continued rapid weakening will
continue as the sea surface temperatures will not be favorable to sustain the storm.


Aug. 08, 2014 - NASA's Aqua Satellite Captures Halong's Movements Near Japan



.Halong's current position is 304 miles south southeast of Sasebo, Japan and it is moving north northeast at 7 knots per hour.  The maximum sustained winds in Halong are 70 knots gusting to 85.  Maximum significant wave height is 30 feet.

Halong is moving north and will broadly maintain current strength until landfall in mainland Japan. It is expected to rapidly transition to an extra-tropical cyclone as it makes landfall in Central Shikoku and dissipate over the Sea of Japan.