Typhoon Kong-Rey unlikely to directly hit Taiwan: Central Weather Bureau (CWB)

COURTESY CPHC Hurricane           Walaka is forecast to move dangerously close to Johnston Atoll today

Kong-rey has been clocked at moving at a speed of 20 km per hour, with an atmospheric pressure of 960 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 198 kph, according to the JMA.

The current trajectory of Kong-rey will see it move from Okinawa in a northward direction toward the Korean Peninsula, the JMA said, before reaching coastal areas of the Sea of Japan.

When it lands, Kong-rey is expected to have wind speeds of approximately 75 miles per hour - the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane, CNN reported.

This storm comes on the heels of Typhoon Trami, which made landfall this past Sunday in Wakayama province.

They say it could bring severe weather from western to northern Japan.

Several Taiwan-based airlines have canceled or postponed their flights to and from Japan's Okinawa over the next two days due to the approach of Typhoon Kong-Rey. At this stage, it could still be a typhoon but is more likely to be a strong tropical storm with winds down to 115 gusting 140km/h.

Richard Miles, spokesman for the UK's Met Office said: "It could damage infrastructure and bring a risk to life, mainly as a outcome of flooding and landslides". Now it is 340 kilometers from the southern island of Miyakojima.

Officials are warning people to be ready for strong winds, high waves, mudslides and flooding.

Japan's capital Tokyo will avoid the brunt of the storm but could feel the effect of winds later this weekend.



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