The 7th named Tropical Storm has finally arrived. The RSMC-JMA has upgraded the Tropical Depression located at 24.1N, 136.2E (0600UTC) to a Tropical Storm nicknamed Khanun. The name Khanun was contributed by Thailand which refer to one kind of Thai fruits (Jackfruit). The previous Khanun started on September 6 2005, and strengthen into a Tropical Storm the same day. As the storm appears in the PAR, it was locally nicknamed Kiko by PAGASA. It manage to get itself into a Typhoon status in 2005 and making landfall in China on September 11 at 0600UTC.
In 2005, Khanun killed at least 14 peoples and resulting 1 went missing in Zhejiang province. Damages totaled to $849 million (2005 USD). Japan’s southern Sakishima Islands suffered strong winds, high waves and heavy rains as the storm passed. Opening hours at some polling stations were altered to make sure citizens could still vote in the Japanese general election despite the weather.
This year’s (2012) Khanun is currently moving at 35knot with gust of 50kt with central pressure at 1002hPa and dropping (0600UTC). It expected to affect Japan and probably making landfall in either South Korea or North Korea as it is currently on a West North West track. However it is not expected to strengthen into a Typhoon status. Nevertheless, more rain in Japan means salt on wound as the land over in Japan has been saturated due to severe heavy rainfall pounding the state since several days ago.
Please check out Robert Speta video earlier and also video from fellow Caster Pat attached along on this post for more information.
We will continue to monitor this storm and bring you the latest up to date storm information so do stay tune with us here at westernpacificweather.com.
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Video Update by Casters Pat