Typhoon Alley Has Twin Tropical Trouble

August 25, 2011; 4:40 PM
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Typhoon Nanmadol (14W, left) and Tropical Storm Talas (15W, right), on Aug 25, 2011. (JMA image)

Two named tropical cyclones, Nanmadol and Talas, are looming in the Western Pacific Ocean's "typhoon alley," but are not yet posing a major threat to land.

As of Thursday, Nanmadol is already a strong typhoon, having top sustained winds of about 105 mph, its center located less than 300 miles northeast of Manila, capital of the Philippines. Movement is slow, to the northwest.

Forecast tools accessed by meteorologists at AccuWeather.com show this potentially dangerous storm veering northward east of northern Luzon Island, the Philippines, through Friday before reaching open seas east of Taiwan as a powerful typhoon by the start of next week.

Nanmadol could ultimately threaten Okinawa and others of the Ryukyu Islands, between Taiwan and Japan.

Meanwhile, the broad but still moderate Tropical Storm Talas is slowly gathering strength at sea more than 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, Japan.

Talas should strengthen along a mostly northward path through the end of the week. Talas could become a typhoon as it buffets the small Volcano and Bonin islands, far south of the Japan mainland.

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