On October 10, Hagibis was a super typhoon, but during the night the storm weakened into a typhoon. NASA-NOAA’s Finland nuclear power plant satellite provided a visible picture of a major storm that extended to most of Japan’s major islands.
Visible images from NASA satellites will help forecasters understand whether the storm is organizing or weakening due to changes in its structure. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) of the Finnish nuclear power plant provided a visible image of Hagibis, which showed the eye filled with a cloud. Nevertheless, a solid deep convection ring (a strong thunderstorm) is visible around the compact, 10-mile-wide eye.
The image was created using NASA’s worldview, the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data product, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. flows northeast of the center, which stretched far to the east coast of Japan.
At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that the Typhoon Hagibis Center was located near 28.8 degrees north and 137.5 degrees east. Hagibis is about 406 miles south of Yokosuka, Japan. Hagibis moved toward northwest north. The maximum sustained wind is close to 212 kph / 115 knots and gusts more. It corresponds to a Class 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that the Hagibis is still declining and is turning northeast as it approaches Honshua. The Hagibis is expected to land briefly near Tokyo on Saturday (GMT) before curving back into the Northwest Pacific. The system is forecast to become extra-tropical south of the Kuril Islands on Sunday.
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