Typhoon Soulik to threaten Japan into Thursday
By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 22, 2018, 7:31:29 AM EDT
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Residents of southern Japan are bracing for Typhoon Soulik to pose serious threats to lives and property into Thursday.
Residents are urged to review evacuation plans and what would need to be done should the storm threaten. It is a good time to stock up on key preparation supplies, medicine and non-perishable food.
"Soulik is most likely to impact Japan Tuesday into Wednesday morning with the northern Ryukyu Islands at greatest risk," AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
As AccuWeather predicted, Soulik strengthened into a dangerous storm, equivalent to the strength of a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans, when moving over the northern Rhykyu Islands of Japan on Tuesday.
Southern and eastern Kyushu will be dealt a glancing blow from the powerful tropical cyclone.
Seas will continue to build and become increasingly dangerous for boaters over the waters south of Japan through midweek.
Swimmers should be aware that dangerous swells will reach areas as far north as Tokyo, despite the tropical cyclone passing hundreds of miles to the south.
Lives and property will be in peril along the path of Soulik as the storm produces destructive winds, flooding rain and storm surge flooding.
While southern Japan has had time to dry out in the wake of the extreme rain event from early July, mudslides can easily be triggered where the ground remains unstable or lacks thick vegetation.
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Fortunately, the track of Soulik will keep the worst of its impacts away from areas that were hardest hit by the deadly flooding this summer.
Residents are strongly urged to pay attention to local officials and follow any evacuation orders that are issued.
On the heels of Soulik, strengthening Typhoon Cimaron will bring a bigger blow to southern and central Japan later in the week.
Download the free AccuWeather app to stay aware of the threatening storm's impacts.
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