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    Typhoon Soulik; Cimaron strengthens

    8/20/2018 5:29:34 PM

    As of Monday evening, EDT, the center of Typhoon Soulik is located about 315 miles east-northeast of Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Soulik is tracking toward the west-northwest at 15 mph; top sustained winds are near 100 mph.

    Satellite imagery continues to show a fairly symmetrical storm marked by an unusually broad eye. Soulik following the western periphery of a strong sub-tropical ridge the is poised to steer it west of the Japan mainland, thence northward to the Korean Peninsula.

    Soulik will track near the northern Ryukyu Islands and into the East China Sea within the next 24 hours or so. Storm strength is likely to hold with little change. Veering northward, Soulik will track along or near the western shore of South Korea, then into North Korea, on Thursday and Friday, local time. A much-weakened Soulik will aim for the Russia-China borderland late in the week.

    Adverse wind and rain impact is likely in parts of South Korea, given the expected track and intensity of Soulik.

    Meanwhile, Severe Tropical Storm Cimaron is centered nearly 1,200 miles south-southeast of Tokyo. Cimaron is tracking toward the northwest at 15 mph, having top sustained winds of between 60 and 65 mph.

    Cimaron is a strengthening storm that is likely to gain typhoon status with the next 12-24 hours. The storm is forecast to follow a gradually curving path toward the northwest and north, landfalling on the southwest mainland of Japan late on Thursday, local time. Cimaron will then pass into the Sea of Japan, potentially veering back into far-northern Japan before the end of the week.

    A potential typhoon landfall on southwestern Japan would pose the threat of significant adverse wind, rain and storm surge impact, notably in highly populated Kansai region.

    By AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews

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