NASA’s Aqua satellite has captured the images of Tropical Storm Nangka moving into the Sea of Japan, which has forced the evacuation of over 200,000 people and caused flooding as it made landfall.
Nangka made landfall near Cape Muroto on Shikoku Island late on Thursday and was then tracked over Japan’s main Honshu island with wind gusts to (78.2 mph) 126 kph, said the Japan Meteorological Agency. On Friday, Nangka was seen moving near western Japan’s Tottori Prefecture when NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead. It has weakened now minimizing the impact on Japan.
The MODIS instrument aboard Aqua that captured the image of Nangka at 04:25 UTC (12:25 a.m. EDT) showed the center near the Tottori Prefecture and south of Dogo Island, with bands of thunderstorms still wrapped around the center, with its eastern-most edge almost brushing South Korea.
At 1500 UTC on July 17, Tropical Storm Nangka’s sustained winds were down to 35 knots (40 mph/62 kph) and it was centered near 36.1 North latitude and 134.0 East longitude, about 180 nautical miles (207 miles/333.4 km) west-northwest of Camp Fuji, Japan. It was moving to the northeast at 9 knots (10.3 mph/16.6 kph) when the image was taken.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecast calls for the storm to dissipate over northern Japan by Sunday.