Aug 1, 2017

Typhoon Noru Likely to Become a Serious Threat to Southern Japan By This Weekend

by
Jon Erdman, Brian Donegan and Chris Dolce
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The Weather Channel
The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone. Image: The Weather Channel
The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone. Image: The Weather Channel

Typhoon Noru could deliver a potentially destructive hit to southern Japan by this weekend, concluding a long and strange journey that the tropical cyclone has already made through the western Pacific Ocean.

Noru was equivalent in strength to a Category 3 hurricane as of Tuesday morning U.S. time (Japan is 13 hours ahead of U.S. EDT) and was centered more than 600 miles southeast of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

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Noru has been a tropical cyclone for more than 11 days since first becoming a tropical depression on July 20. Here's a recap of what's happened so far.

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Noru strengthened from a tropical storm with estimated 70-mph winds (60 knots) to a Category 5 super typhoon with estimated 160-mph winds (140 knots) in just 18 hours from 8 p.m. EDT July 29 to 2 p.m. EDT July 30, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.