Super Typhoon Francisco strengthening to Cat 5 and headed to Japan. Large Microwave pulse creates Tropical Storm 27
Ryan Maue ‏
ECMWF 12z 5-day forecast over N. Pac features Typhoons Francisco & Lekima & a monster 945 mb Aleutian storm
Est pressure 921mb!!
It just finished up an Eye Wall Replacement Cycle and has turned into a beast.
Just one week following a deadly dousing from Typhoon Wipha, a second typhoon could deluge Japan. On the heels of Wipha comes super typhoon Francisco, about 250 miles west-northwest of Guam, tracking north-northwestward.
Long-term track guidance takes super typhoon Francisco on a course generally towards Japan, with another round of rain and wind possible some time between Wednesday and Friday next week.
Over the last 36 hours, Typhoon Francisco has rapidly strengthened and, with maximum sustained winds around 155 mph, is the equivalent of a high-end category 4 hurricane. As its peak winds exceed 150 mph, it has earned super typhoon status.
Its current satellite presentation exhibits the traits of an extremely powerful cyclone, with a well-defined eye surrounded by heavy thunderstorms.
Francisco is expected to hold its own over the weekend, before steady weakening is forecast next week.