Typhoon Francisco has brought wind gust up to Tropical Storm Strength to the island of Guam today along with rain showers and waves up to 7 meters high near the coast. The core of the destructive winds have remained off the coastline west of the islands and will continue to do so as the storm tracks north-west away from Guam.
While it does so it will rapidly intensify to a Violent Typhoon over open ocean sending our large swells in every direction. So surfers rejoice across the western pacific.
Good news is as the storm approaches Japan by next week conditions for the storms intensification will deteriorate and expect the intensity of the storm to rapidly decrease as it nears the southern Japanese islands and western Japan.
Where exactly will it go? At this time the long-range forecast continues to remain uncertain with a large cone of error from central Japan south to Okinawa. Right now I would likely expect a landfalling storm in Shikoku, Kyushu or the Amami islands. But that would be just under a week from now and a lot could change.
Francisco is the 27th named storm of 2013, with a slow start to the season it seems to have peaked a little later than expected. Three Typhoon have been seen in the western pacific during the past week alone and it has been the busiest October in nearly a decade in the Tropics.
So stay with us at Westpacwx.com for detailed extended range forecast and analysis.
*More information will be added to this update throughout the day.