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Typhoon Shanshan to threaten Japan next week

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Typhoon Shanshan to threaten Japan later in the new week
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Robert Richards, AccuWeather meteorologist
August 04, 2018, 1:29:50 PM EDT

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Typhoon Shanshan will approach Japan later in the new week with heavy rain and high winds.

While the tropical cyclone is over the open western Pacific Ocean, it will track northwest and threaten Japan by the middle of the week.

Shanshan strengthened into a typhoon, with the equivalent strength of a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins, on Saturday. Shanshan will track northwest and remain over the open ocean with no direct impacts to land through Sunday night.

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As the storm begins to approach eastern Japan early in the week, rough seas and surf will begin to reach the eastern coastline of Japan and also threaten shipping interests in the region.

There are two scenarios for Shanshan’s track, each with significantly different impacts to Japan.

The first scenario would take Shanshan, as a powerful typhoon, westward into or near the east coast of Honshu. The storm could reach a strength equal to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic and east Pacific oceans.

This would bring significant impacts to the Japan mainland with the greatest risk for damaging winds and flooding rainfall across eastern and northern Honshu, including the Greater Tokyo Area.

Impacts to land would begin as early as Tuesday night with the worst and most widespread impacts from Wednesday into Thursday.

Parts of this threat area recently endured flooding and locally damaging winds from former Typhoon Jongdari.

Another round of heavy rainfall and strong winds could result in widespread power outages and tree damage, along with an elevated risk for mudslides and transportation disruptions.

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The other scenario would take Shanshan northward more quickly, allowing it to continue on a north to northeast track through the middle of the week and keeping it several hundred miles to the east of Japan.

This would still result in rough seas and surf around Japan, while ke eping the threat for damaging winds offshore.

The outer rain bands from Shanshan would either miss Japan all together or graze coastal areas, limiting the risk for any flooding problems.

The exact track of Shanshan will determine the severity of the impacts on Japan, so check back to AccuWeather.com in the coming days for additional updates on this tropical threat.

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