Tropical Storm Koppu Targets Philippines; Taiwan and Japan on Alert
Tropical Storm Koppu is on track to threaten the Philippines this weekend. Those in Taiwan and Japan should also monitor the storm for potential impacts next week.
While Koppu is currently battling wind shear, the potential exists for it to go through a period of rapid intensification while crossing the Philippine Sea, resulting in a very powerful typhoon approaching the Philippines this weekend.
Luzon Island, especially northern areas, would then be at risk for flooding rain, damaging to destructive winds and dangerously rough seas this weekend. The extent and duration of these impacts will depend on how close Koppu tracks to the Philippines and its speed at that time.
“From Friday and into the weekend, Koppu is expected to slow significantly or stall, then turn to the north,” stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty. Details