Typhoon Soulik: How strong is it & who will it affect?

Weather Talk

Typhoon Soulik continues to strengthen as it races towards Japan and South Korea.

Soulik is expected to reach southern Japan by tomorrow, Tuesday August 21st and South Korea by Wednesday & Thursday.

What is a Typhoon?

According to the National Weather Service a typhoon is “A tropical cyclone in the Western Pacific Ocean in which the maximum 1-minute sustained surface wind is 74 mph or greater.”

What is the difference between a Typhoon & Hurricane?

Other than the name and location, there is no difference between a typhoon and a hurricane. A typhoon is located in the Western Pacific Ocean, a hurricane is located in the Atlantic, Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific Oceans. 

In the Indian Ocean and around Australia they call these storms Tropical Cyclones.

How strong is Soulik?

Typhoon Soulik is currently a category 3 storm moving west northwest at roughly 13 mph. The eye of of the storm itself is 80 miles wide with maximum sustained winds at the center reaching 100 mph accompanied by wind gusts up to 140 mph.

The lives and property in the path of this storm need to prepare as it has the potential to cause significant damage. 

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