Fung-wong to Impact Philippines, Taiwan and Japan
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
September 21, 2014, 12:40:28 AM EDT
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Less than a week after Typhoon Kalmaegi hit the northern Philippines, Tropical Storm Fung-wong made landfall on Friday in Luzon.
Rain bands from Fung-wong have brought widespread rainfall up to 300 millimeters (11.8 inches) to eastern Visayas and southeast Luzon in under 24 hours.
Fung-wong will track toward the northwest over the next 24-48 hours, taking the storm over Luzon, while torrential rains continue to fall across the northern and eastern Philippines.
The storm will produce damaging winds and flooding rain to Luzon. The greatest concern will be heavy rainfall in areas that are still recovering from recent flooding.
An additional 100-200 millimeters (4-8 inches) of rain is expected across the northern and eastern Philippines before Fung-wong departs to the north.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews said, "There can be 10-20 inches of rain as a storm total in the hardest hit locations, most likely southwest Luzon into Bagio. This is the pattern to get a lot of rain in Manila due to a southwest wind."
Interaction with a trough moving into eastern China will be the key factor in the movement of this tropical system. As the system interacts with this trough, a turn to the north is expected.
However, the storm has already tracked farther west than expected. It is now expected to make a second landfall in Taiwan. The good news is that interaction with Luzon will weaken it. So, it is expected to be a tropical storm strength when it reaches Taiwan.
Early next week as Fung-wong pulls away from Taiwan, it may strengthen into a typhoon as the storm will likely turn northeastward impacting the Ryukyu Islands of Japan before a potential landfall in southern Japan later in the week.
While Fung-wong would likely track near or over Japan next week, moisture from the storm could be pulled northward into South Korea. If this does occur, flooding will be a widespread concern, while wind damage will be more limited.
Japan, especially southern and eastern areas, should be on high alert for potential flooding rain, damaging winds and mudslides as Fung-wong moves through the area next week.
This tropical system has the potential to become a powerful typhoon which could bring widespread damaging winds, flooding and mudslides to areas in its path.
Areas from the northern Philippines through Taiwan, South Korea and Japan should closely monitor this tropical system over the coming days.
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