POSTED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:18pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 1:37am
STORMTRACKER 33 — Typhoon Ma-On is closing in on Japan as a Category 1 storm with winds of 80 mph and gusts up to 95 mph. The storm will begin to turn toward the northeast today. The earlier the turn to the north occurs, the better chance Ma-On will miss a direct landfall on southern Japan. The recurve to the NE looks to be a bit slower than anticipated, so that will put Japan at a greater risk. If a direct hit occurs, it would bring heavy rain, high seas, and substantial winds over Japan. These impacts could also be felt near the site of the tsunami and nuclear disaster north of Tokyo. Ma-On is capable of unloading over a foot of rainfall, with flooding and mudslides. Tokyo is unlikely to feel the worst of the storm, no matter its exact track. However, there is enough uncertainty in the track of Ma-On that a direct hit can't be ruled out.