Japan to Escape Blow From Typhoon Atsani
By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
August 23, 2015, 10:01:37 PM EDT
Typhoon Atsani will swerve just in time to avoid a direct hit on Japan. The same cannot be said for Typhoon Goni.
Atsani was heading to the northwest and appeared to be on a collision course with Japan. However, Atsani is curving to the northeast, causing its destructive winds and widespread flooding rain to bypass Japan.
While residents across eastern Japan can breathe a sigh of relief, those in western Japan and across South Korea should be preparing for impacts from Typhoon Goni early next week.
Atsani will instead pose the greatest danger to shipping interests as it curves away from Japan. Swells propagating away from Atsani will cause seas to be extremely hazardous for swimmers and operators of small craft this weekend along the southern and eastern Japanese coast.
Despite Atsani departing, seas will not subside early in the new week as Goni arrives.
"There have been six super typhoons during the 2015 West Pacific Tropical Season thus far, which already surpassed the normal seasonal average of four," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
The latest Accuweather tropical forecast calls for nine super typhoons through the end of the year, which would stand as the third-highest total on record behind 1965 and 1997 with 11 super typhoons each year.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to the content of this story.
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