Typhoon Malakas Closes in on Japan

Typhoon Malakas Satellite Image

Typhoon Malakas Satellite Image

Typhoon Malakas at 0300UTC was located 262 NM SSW of Sasebo Japan and was moving ENE at 11 knots with max winds of 105 knots.  Hurricane force winds extend outward 40-45 NM with 50 knot our higher winds extending outward 65-75 NM.

Malakas is forecast to make landfall over Kyushu, Japan about 1400 UTC on the 19th with max winds of about 90-100 knots. Malakas will move along the coast of Japan weakening to a tropical storm prior to passing over or near Tokyo Bay about 1800UTC on the 20th.

JTWC Forecast Track

JTWC Forecast Track

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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