2010-09-24 15:00 JST
Typhoon MALAKAS approached Ogasawara Islands which is already inside the gale wind circle, and will soon enters the storm wind circle. The satellite image below shows that the typhoon has the big eye, but its boundary is not clear, which indicates that the typhoon is still in an intensification stage. However, the typhoon is already moving north, so it will enter the ocean with lower temperature before it gets mature. When it keeps intensification while becoming an extratropical cyclone, it may enlarge its size, so a larger area should be on alert for strong winds.
2010-09-23 18:30 JST
Typhoon MALAKAS has turned its track to north. It is forecast to draw near to Ogasawara Islands tomorrow night. The satellite image below shows that the clouds are moving around the center to the north side, which means that the center is getting more surrounded by clouds. The amount of well-developed clouds is still not enough, and it may take a little more time for the typhoon to show its full potential.
2010-09-22 14:00 JST
Typhoon MALAKAS is still located in Mariana Islands, and the satellite image below shows that clouds are biased in the south of the center. This typhoon can intensify only after the clouds surround the center, so its development will be slower for the moment.
2010-09-21 19:45 JST
Typhoon MALAKAS was formed in Mariana Island. This is the first typhoon among typhoons in this season that was formed in the east of 135E line, and finally a typhoon was born in the "home" of typhoons. The meaning of the typhoon name (Asian name) is "strong; powerful" in the language of Philippines, and because the shape of clouds is well concentrated, it may really intensify into a strong one , which is literally "a strong typhoon 'Strong' (Malakas)." Ogasawara Islands will be on alert for the approach of the typhoon.
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