Satellite view of Typhoon Jongdari making landfall near Kyoto, Japan, on 29 July 2018. Photo: RAMMB / CIRA / CSU

By Dennis Mersereau
28 July 2018

(Forbes) – Typhoon Jongdari made landfall east of Kyoto, Japan, just after midnight local time on Sunday, coming ashore as the latest in a long string of weather-related disasters to plague the Japanese archipelago. The weather has not been kind to Japan this month. The typhoon’s landfall comes after weeks of intense rainfall, widespread flooding, and a deadly heatwave.

Jongdari came ashore in Ise Bay with maximum sustained winds near 80 MPH. The typhoon will weaken as it traverses the island nation over the next day. While the storm is rather tiny in size, some areas affected by the historic floods that struck western Japan earlier this month could see even more heavy rain from this storm. NHK World reports that Uda, east of Osaka, recorded 4.33 inches of rain in just one hour as Jongdari made landfall on Sunday. The agency also reports that one man is missing after several cars were washed into the ocean by high waves near Tokyo as the typhoon approached on Saturday.

Typhoon Jongdari’s rainfall will cover some of the same areas affected by the recent floods. Earlier in July, a deluge of record rainfall in western Japan led to historic flooding and mudslides that killed more than 200 people, marking one of the country’s worst weather-related disasters in the modern era. Much of western Japan recorded more than a foot of rain, with some areas seeing multiple feet of rain over the span of two weeks. The rainfall was the result of persistent heavy showers and thunderstorms training over the same areas for days at a time. [more]

Typhoon Jongdari Makes Landfall In Japan As The Nation Reels From Record Floods And Heat

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