WATCH Super Typhoon Hagibis strengthen into Cat 5 Hurricane as it heads towards Japan
The exceptionally small, tight eye is reminiscent of extreme hurricane Patricia in 2015 – the record holder for the strongest sustained winds for a tropical cyclone, at 345 km/h (215 mph). The extremely tight eye of Hagibis suggests peak sustained winds may be higher than currently estimated. Super typhoon Hagibis is tracking over the northern Marianas right now and will move towards southern Japan in the next several days.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) said in their latest advisory that Hagibis currently has maximum sustained wind speeds of about 150mph.
However, the JTWC forecast the storm could whip at speeds of about 172mph in 24 hours.
To reach super typhoon status, a tropical cyclone over the Western Pacific Ocean must reach wind speeds of 150mph.
This would be the equivalent of a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.
As of Monday morning local time, Typhoon Hagibis was looming near the Northern Marianas Islands.
According to the Weather Network, forecasts are monitoring Hagibis, as the storm may track toward Japan by next weekend.
World Rugby are currently monitoring the development of the typhoon.
There are concerns Typhoon Hagibis is on course to hit Fukuoka, on Japan’s south-west coast, which could impact the Ireland v Samoa game on Saturday.
The Weather Channel recently reported: “Hagibis will track west-northwestward over very warm ocean water and low wind shear, allowing it to continue strengthening as it tracks over the Northern Mariana Islands on Monday.
“Wind, heavy rain, battering surf and coastal flooding will increase Monday in areas covered by the typhoon and tropical storm warnings.
“For now, the highest chance of typhoon-force winds (74-plus mph) are in the Northern Marianas, north of Guam.
“However, some bands of heavy rain that could trigger flash flooding, wind gusts and high surf are certainly possible in Guam as the centre of Hagibis passes to its north.
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“Hagibis is not expected to be as strong as last October’s Super Typhoon Yutu, which was the strongest on record to track near Saipan and Tinian, but is forecast to be a typhoon over the islands, nonetheless.”
The National Weather Service has issued a typhoon warning for Saipan, Tinian, Alamagan and Pagan islands in the Northern Mariana Islands.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Rota and Agrihan islands Guam is currently under a tropical storm watch.
Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton said Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane on earth so far in 2019 in terms of pressure.
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