As Typhoon Chan-hom weakens, Nangka grows in southeast Asia

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Typhoon NangkaWhen NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Nangka at 1:40 UTC (9:40 a.m. EDT) on July 13, it captured an image that showed strong bands of thunderstorms spiraling into the center of it. (NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)

As super Typhoon Chan-hom weakened into a tropical storm Monday, Typhoon Nangka remained on a collision course with Japan.

Typhoon Nangka was expected to make landfall in Japan later this week, posing significant dangers to lives and property. It’s expected to continue to strengthen over the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean through midweek, approaching super typhoon intensity.

Typhoon Nangka

Time lapse imagery of typhoon Nangka via the Japan Meteorological Agency. Image every 30 minutes, beginning at 14:00 UTC (noon Eastern time) July 13.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said he expected Nangka to make landfall “after dark Thursday (local time).”

Latest indications point toward Shikoku facing a direct landfall by Nangka, whose strength at that time will likely be equal to that of a Category 2 or minimal Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific. That means maximum sustained winds of 155 to 190 kilometers (90 to 120 miles) per hour.