Neoguri has strengthened into the first super typhoon of 2014 and poses a serious threat to lives and property in Japan.
Neoguri intensified into a super typhoon early Monday morning local time (Sunday afternoon EDT). Currently Neoguri remains a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 250 kph (155 mph).
Little change in overall strength is expected during the next 24 hours as the super typhoon continues to pass through an area of very warm water and low wind shear (strong winds above the surface that can shred tropical systems apart).
Residents and visitors in the path of this intensifying and dangerous super typhoon should already be taking the necessary preparations and heed all evacuation orders.
This satellite image of Neoguri, courtesy of NOAA, was taken Monday.
AccuWeather meteorologists expect Neoguri to still be a super typhoon when it crosses the gap between the Ryukyu Islands of Miyako Jima and Okinawa on Tuesday, local time.
Being just east of the storm track, Okinawa will likely see the worst impact from the storm late Monday night through Tuesday with rainfall rates of 50 mm (2 inches) or greater per hour at times, sustained winds as high as 160 kph (100 mph) with gusts up to 210 kph (130 mph).
Westernmost parts of Okinawa, home to the United States’ Kadena Air Force Base, will be at greatest risk for the strongest and most devastating winds.