Tropical Storm Haikui developed to the southeast of Japan on Thursday and is expected to track west-northwest over the next several days.
The systems current track is not completely clear, however the storm will at least track toward the Chinese coast, in the vicinity of Shanghai. Once getting within 100 miles of the coast, the systems future is more cloudy.
The storm may stall out just off the Chinese coast, bringing rain and wind, along with pounding surf to the important port region. The other possibility is the storm continues west, making landfall and moving inland into China.
In terms of intensity, Haikui is expected to strengthen slowly over the weekend with the potential to become a typhoon by the Sunday night. Haikui is then expected to strengthen further and will definitely be a typhoon early next week.
Haikui will bring the potential for damaging winds and flooding rainfall wherever it makes landfall next week, so all interests from eastern China to Japan should track this tropical cyclone closely.
The storm adds to an already active western Pacific tropical season, with two systems making landfall during the same day this past week in China.
To make things worse, another system already looks likely to develop across the western Pacific, and could reach Japan within a week.
To stay up to day on this and the rest of the Tropical Basins, make sure to check out the Accuweather Tropical Center.
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