Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 22w (Soulik), located approximately 317 nm west-northwest of Misawa, Japan, is tracking northeastward at 30 knots.
Tropical depression 24w (Twenty-four), located approximately 58 nm west of Taipei, Taiwan, is tracking westward at 16 knots.
In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Lane is located about 135 mi…220 km ssw of Honolulu Hawaii and about 190 mi…305 km sse of Lihue Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…65 mph…100 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 335 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.
Hawaii – Powerful hurricane Lane that already has dumped more than two feet of rain on parts of the Big Island is expected to keep soaking the state through the weekend, exacerbating dramatic flood conditions as residents hunker down and wait for the storm to pass. Officials downgraded Hurricane Lane to Category 2 on Friday morning but say threats of landslides, storm surge and flooding remain major concerns because the storm has slowed in speed. The storm has caused power outages, felled trees and shut down roads across the state. Drone video of downtown Hilo on the east side of Hawaii’s largest island shows large swaths of the area covered in brown, murky floodwaters. Some parts of the Big Island have experienced more than 31 inches of rain, more than double the 12 inches reported Thursday morning.
Taiwan – Two people have been killed and one seriously wounded after damage caused by a storm in Taiwan. A tropical depression, formed over Taiwan, triggered a massive deluge across the island. Violent waves caused five cargo ships and oil tankers to run aground off Kaohsiung Harbour. Of the 66 crew onboard the ships, 52 have been rescued so far. The Central Weather Bureau issued a rare advisory of ‘extremely torrential rain’ as the storm loomed, indicating that more than 500mm of rain was expected in just 24 hours. The alert prompted the closure of many schools and offices.