Severe Tropical Storm Leepi to slam southern Japan, South Korea into Wednesday night

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Severe Tropical Storm Leepi to slam southern Japan, South Korea into Wednesday night

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Severe Tropical Storm Leepi to slam southern Japan, South Korea into Wednesday night
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 14, 2018, 12:00 :15 PM EDT

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The tropics remain full of life in the West Pacific as Severe Tropical Storm Leepi takes aim at southern Japan and South Korea into Wednesday night.

The small size of Leepi will limit the radius of its impacts as the storm crosses Kyushu into Wednesday morning.

Kyushu will face the heaviest rain and strongest winds, with some downpours and gusty winds lashing eastern Shikoku.

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Heavy rain and strong winds will batter eastern Kyushu Tuesday evening before spreading across the remainder of the island overnight.

Strong winds will be capable of causing tree damage and power outages while heavy rainfall will increase the risk for flooding and mudslides.

Travel disruptions are expected to linger into Wednesday morning before conditions improve during the day on Wednesday across Kyushu.

Gusty winds and downpours will continue across southern and western Shikoku Tuesday night before conditions improve on Wednesday.

Local flooding and travel disruptions are the most likely impacts across Shikoku.

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Leepi is expected to dramatically weaken as it crosses Kyushu and will likely dissipate by Wednesday night or Thursday morning as it interacts with a larger storm system moving across the Sea of Japan.

Moisture from Leepi will be drawn northward into the storm which will drench parts of southeast South Korea Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night.

Downpours will overspread northern and western Honshu Wednesday night with the heaviest rainfall expected on Thursday.

Flash flooding and mudslides will be a concern across western and northe rn Honshu as well as Hokkaido during this time.

A bit of rain will fall across Greater Tokyo Thursday night into Friday morning; however, no flooding or significant impacts to travel are expected.

Elsewhere, a large area of unsettled weather across the southern Ryukyu Islands could develop into a new tropical system and impact the Ryukyu Islands and eastern China later this week.

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