After moving on from the Okinawa islands on Monday night, and hitting Kyushu and other parts of western Japan on Tuesday, Danas, the 24th typhoon of the year, is making its way northeastward, bringing rain to the northern parts of the country. The good news is that Danas has weakened and is now classified as a tropical storm, however weather agencies are still advising people to be careful of thunderstorms and strong winds.
Heavy rain is still a concern for the areas in western through central Japan, with these regions to possibly get over 150 millimeters (6 inches) of rainfall. Likewise, southern parts of South Korea are experiencing the effects of the storm, but that is expected to be minimized by Wednesday night as Danas moves away from Japan’s neighbor. The storm hasn’t yet been responsible for any serious damages or injuries, unlike Typhoon Man-yi just a few weeks prior, and while Danas is expected to continue weakening as it moves across Japan, there is still a concern of flooding and mudslides from the 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 in) of rainfall. The Japan Meteorological Agency continues to warn residents directly in the storm’s path to make preparations for possible power outages.
The islands of Okinawa in the southwest were treated to wind gusts as high as 195 km/h (120 mph) and heavy downpours on Monday, this coming shortly after Typhoon Fitow dumped roughly 125 mm (5 in) of rain throughout the end of last week before moving eastward towards parts of China. Japan’s capital of Tokyo is predicted to only experience wind gusts of 50-65 km/h (30-40 mph), and the remainder of Danas should move on from the northeast region by Thursday night, but a following cold front will bring more rain throughout Friday and into Saturday.
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