Coastal Flood Advisory

Talim sweeps across Japan with damaging winds, flooding rain

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
September 17, 2017, 11:55:04 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Talim barrels across Japan with damaging winds, flooding rain and an inundating storm surge.

Talim reached the equivalent strength of a Category 3 hurricane during the second half last week. Despite weakening from peak intensity, residents of Japan should not let their guard down.

Talim made landfall in southern Kyushu on Sunday morning, local time. Soon after, Talim raced across Shikoku and southern Honshu.

Bands of heavy rain and damaging wind gusts swept across southern Japan as Talim accelerated to the northeast, crossing the country.

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Southern Kyushu and Shikoku felt the brunt of the impacts on Sunday as wind gusted to 172 km/h (107 mph) at Muroto-misaki and to 160 km/h (100 mph) in Tomogashima. Both are located near the southern coast of Japan.

Heavy rainfall inundated parts of Oita prefecture on Kyushu Island. Saiki reported 356.5 mm (14.03 inches) of rain on Sunday, nearly all of which fell within 12 hours.

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Talim will remain a powerful storm as it races to the northeast through Monday.

AccuWeather meteorologists expect many locations in central and northern Honshu, as well as Hokkaido, to see wind gusts of 80-115 km/h (50-70 mph). This can lead to downed trees and power lines.

Tokyo will see the strongest wind late on Sunday night and very early on Monday. The morning commute on Monday could be slow due to soaking showers and a strong wind.

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A boy holds an umbrella as he crosses a bridge at Enoshima island in Fujisawa, near Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. A strong typhoon made landfall on the Japanese island of Kyushu on Sunday morning as heavy rain has fallen and the wind is also strengthened in the area.

Talim will transition to a non-tropical system through the day on Monday as it batters Hokkaido with heavy rain and gusty winds. Despite becoming non-tropical, Talim will still have the strength of that equivalent to a strong tropical storm.

While northern Japan will continue brace for the impacts from Talim on Monday, residents of Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Honshu will get a much needed break from rain and wind.

Most of Japan will have a couple of days of drier weather for cleanup operations in the wake of Talim on Tuesday. However, moderate humidity levels will make it uncomfortable for those without power.

A cold front will return showers and thunderstorms to the northern and western parts of Japan at midweek. Downpours may develop Hokkaido which could slow any clean-up efforts.

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