A tropical depression that formed east of the Philippines could turn into a full-blown typhoon by Tuesday or Wednesday and might be heading for Japan by the end of the week. It will be taking the name ‘Fitow’ as it gathers strength on its northward journey midweek, passing over the Pacific Ocean.
There is a strong possibility that the new tropical system will become a typhoon as it heads to southern Japan later this week. In the northern part of the country there will be a build up of high pressure that will steer the tropical system to the northeast later on. This will cause the eye of the storm to pass through the northern Ryukyu Islands, or southern Japan, by the weekend. But if it will track into the south, it will become weak as it faces the rugged terrain. It might, however still bring flooding, mudslides and strong winds in the east coast. If another track in the south comes about, there will be minimal weakening and it will have a landfall in either northeastern China or the Korean Peninsula.
If it does head for Japan, this will be the 7th typhoon in 5 months to have hit the country. The last one, Typhoon Man-yi, led to massive flooding in the Kyoto region and calls for the evacuation of more than 300,000 residents across the country. The mudslides and flooding took the lives of 3 people in the Shiga, Fukui and Iwate Prefectures.
[ via Accuweather ]