JAPAN is bracing for the hit of Typhoon Shanshan as another storm – Typhoon Yagi – builds in its wake.
Flooding, destructive winds and rough seas are expected for Tokyo and Honshu as Shanshan approaches.
The storm remains a typhoon, with the equivalent strength of a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.
On Wednesday, the storm was approaching the eastern coastline of Honshu, and will continue to impact Japan until late in the week.
Typhoon Shanshan is expected to continue north over the next 24 hours or so, bringing the cyclone close inland.
A brief landfall is possible, but the centre of the storm may stay offshore.
Regardless of whether it makes landfall, the track of the typhoon will bring significant impact to the Japan mainland.
There is a risk of flooding across eastern and northern Honshu, including the Greater Tokyo Area.
The worst and most widespread impacts to land will occur into Thursday with waves of heavy, tropical rain, and destructive winds.
The Greater Tokyo Area can expect 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) of rainfall with the potential for peak wind gusts of 80 km/h (50 mph).
Even with Shanshan just off the coast of Japan, coastal flooding could be an issue on the eastern facing shores as well.
Locations farther north, including Sendai, may experience localised flooding and damaging winds.
Shanshan will depart to the northeast before the weekend, after which conditions will improve.
However, another storm is building on its tail.
Today, the Japan Meteorological Agency officially upgraded a tropical depression to a tropical storm, calling it Tropical Storm Yagi.
Yagi is located roughly 800 miles (1,300km) southeast of Taiwan, and could build into a typhoon, experts are warning.
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts Yagi will head towards Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and not impact Taiwan directly.
However, the CWB said that water vapour from the tropical storm combined with an approaching low-pressure system the South China Sea would bring scattered showers to eastern and southern Taiwan beginning on Saturday.
These latest forecasts come after a particularly challenging few months for a now weather-weary Japan.
Throughout late June and into mid-July, successive downpours led to widespread, devastating flooding and landslides which killed at least 225 people.
And then, before the flooding had barely had a chance to clear, a blistering heatwave hit the region, with at least 65 heat-related deaths recorded.