Tropical Storm Mindulle To Threaten Tokyo Early This Week

Tropical season is in full swing in the West Pacific, as evidenced by the three tropical storms currently spinning in the basin.

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“The biggest threat to the Japanese mainland will be the storm farthest away currently, as Tropical Storm Mindulle will approach southeast Honshu early this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

Mindulle will maintain its strength as a tropical storm as it moves through warm ocean waters and battles upper-level winds.

Eastern Honshu will begin to feel impacts from Mindulle on Monday morning, local time. Conditions will worsen as the storm makes landfall southwest of Tokyo Monday night into Tuesday.

The main threats from Mindulle will be flooding rainfall, with widespread amounts of 100 to 150 mm (3 to 6 inches) expected from Tokyo to Sendai and up to Sapporo. Locally higher amounts are possible from the heavier rain bands.

Residents should be on alert for the potential for mudslides and take precautions when driving in areas that may be flooded.

The strongest wind gusts will be along coastal regions.

There are two other tropical systems in the vicinity of Japan.

Tropical Storm Kompasu will continue on a northward track through Monday.

“Kompasu made landfall Sunday night local time in southern Hokkaido. The storm will bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to northern Honshu and eastern Hokkaido into Monday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.

This first round of flooding from Kompasu will set the stage for an enhanced flood risk from Mindulle when it moves through late Monday into Tuesday.

The final storm, Tropical Storm Lionrock, is located several hundred kilometers southwest of Tokyo and is expected to drift slowly to the west-southwest before stalling near the Ryukyu Islands.

Tropical Storm Lionrock could intensify into a typhoon next week and bring flooding rain and damaging winds to the Ryukyu Islands.

Guatemalan Volcano Erupts Spewing Ash Plumes 20,000 Feet High

GUATEMALA CITY – The Santiaguito volcano has erupted multiple times in recent days, sending ash plumes thousands of feet high, the National Coordination of Disaster Reduction of Guatemala said.

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“Santiaguito volcano this morning recorded an eruption with a moderate explosion that generated” an ash plume about 10,000 feet high, the disaster agency, also known as CONRED, said in a statement Wednesday.

CONRED has warned nearby residents of falling ash.

On Tuesday, CONRED reported an “explosive activity” that caused a “strong explosion” in the Santiaguito volcano.

On Sunday, the Santiaguito volcano – also known as the Santa Maria volcano – had a moderate explosion that generated an ash plume nearly 20,000 feet high.

Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Erupts 4 Times In Under 24 Hours

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention said the Popocatépetl volcano has erupted multiple times, spewing ash and burning rocks into the air.

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The disaster prevention center, or CENAPRED, Monday afternoon said Popocatépetl erupted four times in the previous 24 hours, had 73 volcanic plumes and had two volcano tectonic earthquakes — measuring in magnitudes 1.2 and 1.6, respectively.

Popocatépetl is about 43 miles southeast of Mexico City.

CENAPRED in March raised the environmental alert level to the second degree out of three, meaning nearby residents should be prepared to evacuate.

“The CENAPRED urges you not to approach the volcano, especially the crater, due to the danger of falling ballistic fragments,” CENAPRED said in a statement.