Vongfong, the year's strongest storm, bears down on Japan通過尤安McKirdy,美國有線電視新聞網

By Euan McKirdy, CNN
October 8, 2014 -- Updated 1009 GMT (1809 HKT)
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Super Typhoon Vongfong eying Japan

 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Strongest typhoon of 2014 headed towards Japan
  • Typhoon Vongfong follows Phanfone, which hit the country last week
  • Storm has sustained winds of 178 mph and gusts of up to 219 mph
  • If it carries on its current course, storm expected to lose intensity before making landfall
 

Hong Kong (CNN) -- The most powerful storm of the year has Japan in its sights.

Hot on the heels of Typhoon Phanfone, which lashed Japan with rain and high winds last week, Vongfong, which has intensified in recent days to become the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 so far, looks poised to buffet the country in the coming days.

Typhoon Vongfong is the strongest tropical cyclone since last year'sTyphoon Haiyan, which had winds of 315 km/h (195 mph) which devastated parts of the Philippines, leaving over 6,000 dead and more than 1,800 missing.

Currently over open water, the storm, which is classed as a Super Typhoon, is heading north towards the Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa, according to the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

Map: Okinawa, JapanMap: Okinawa, Japan

The Center has recorded sustained winds of 155 knots (178 mph) and gusts up to 190 knots (219 mph), with wave height reaching 50 feet. It is expected to intensify to 305 km/h (190 mph) in the coming hours.

Sustained winds of over 150 mph classify a tropical storm as a super typhoon. Vongfong is the sixth Pacific storm to be so designated this so far in 2014, but is the strongest this year.

It is traveling west-northwest at a speed of 8 knots (9 mph), the Japan Meterological Agency said. The agency has classed the storm as "violent." Before veering northwards, the storm passed by the Pacific island of Guam, depositing heavy rain and causing minor damage.

If it stays on course towards Japan, it is expected to lose intensity before making landfall on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. It could, says CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri, still be acategory three equivalent on the U.S. scale.

This year has seen a lower-than-average number of named storms and typhoons, but double the yearly average of Super Typhoons - six in total so far.

The previous severe weather alert, generated by Phanfone, caused more than 1.2 million people to be evacuated to shelters, disrupted air and rail travel as well as the search and rescue efforts for missing hikers on Mount Ontake. Two U.S. airmen and a Japanese surfer remained missing Monday.

 

 

通過尤安McKirdy,美國有線電視新聞網
2014年10月8日 - 更新1009 GMT(1809 HKT)
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超強颱風黃蜂把目光投向日本
新聞提要
2014年最強颱風領導對日
颱風黃蜂如下Phanfone,上週襲擊該國
風暴持續了178英里每小時高達219英里每小時陣風
如果進行目前的路線,預計風暴登陸前失去強度
香港(CNN) -最強大的風暴今年在其景點有日本。
熱颱風Phanfone,這與雨和大風上週抨擊日本,黃蜂,哪個在最近幾天加劇成為2014年最強的熱帶氣旋迄今高跟鞋,看起來蓄勢自助餐國家在未​​來幾天內。
颱風黃蜂是自去年以來的最強的熱帶氣旋颱風海燕,它具有315公里每小時(194英里每小時)的破壞,菲律賓的部分,留下超過6000人死亡,1800多名失踪的風。
目前,在開放的水,風暴,這是歸類為超強颱風,是向北朝日本沖繩島縣,根據夏威夷的聯合颱風警報中心(JTWC)。
圖:日本沖繩圖:日本沖繩
該中心已錄得155海裡(179英里每小時)的陣風可達190海裡(217英里)持續風速與波高達到50英尺。預計加大到305公里每小時(190英里每小時)在未來數小時內。
超過150英里每小時持續風速劃分為熱帶風暴為超強颱風。黃蜂是第六太平洋風暴如此指定這個到目前為止在2014年,而且是最強的這一年。
這是在8節(9英里)的速度行駛西北西,日本氣象局說。該機構歸類風暴的“暴力”。前於水火之中向北,由關島太平洋島嶼通過了風暴,沉積大雨,造成輕微損壞。
如果它停留在對日課程,預計登陸九州南部日本島之前失去強度。它可以說,CNN的氣象Pedram Javaheri,仍然是一個 第三類對美國的規模相同。
今年已經出現了低於平均數被命名的風暴和颱風,但雙年均超級颱風 - 共6為止。
以前的災害性天氣警報,由Phanfone產生,造成超過120萬人噸Ø疏散到避難所,擾亂航空和鐵路旅行以及為山禦岳失踪登山者的搜救工作。兩名美國飛行員和一名日本衝浪者仍然失踪星期一。

 

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