Typhoon No. 8 avoids direct hit on Tokyo, proceeds up coast along Chiba's Boso Peninsula and beyond. More Heavy Rain to Target Japan in Wake of Neoguri
Despite acquiring this new status, danger in the form of flooding rain remain.
While rain and wind diminish across Honshu--including Tokyo--by daybreak Friday, flooding rain and damaging wind gusts will focus on easternmost Hokkaido and the southern Kuril Islands through Friday night. Additional rain will bring totals here to 150 to 250 mm (6 to 10 inches).
Some rain will linger across Honshu on Friday as Kyushu and Shikoku welcome dry weather. Aside from a stray shower in northwestern Honshu and across Hokkaido, all of mainland Japan will start the weekend on a dry note.
The lack of rain and wind will benefit relief and cleanup efforts, where Neoguri triggered flooding and mudslides. About 100 homes have been totally or partially destroyed by Neoguri with nearly another 700 flooded, NHK World reported on its website.
Hiwasa had 58.5 mm (2.3 inches) of rainfall in one hour. The community of Ebino in the Miyazaki Prefecture has received a total of 361.5 mm (14.23 inches) with most falling Wednesday afternoon and night.
Cleanup efforts will be hindered later in the weekend as a new storm system from China spreads rain across southern Japan in a west-to-east fashion.
Some of the rain will be heavy, threatening to renew flooding problems and trigger more mudslides. The heaviest rain, however, is expected to bypass northern Honshu and Hokkaido.
Drenching showers and thunderstorms will first hamper cleanup efforts around Okinawa and the rest of the Ryukyu Islands as the end of a frontal boundary continues to interact with tropical moisture through Saturday.
Beyond the weekend, the depression may become the next typhoon as it tracks to the west or northwest through the Pacific Ocean
Residents of Taiwan, the southern Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, and eastern China, including Shanghai, should closely monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9W for any future tropical threats.
Even those northward to South Korea and southward to Luzon Island in the Philippines should check back with AccuWeather.com for additional updates.