World weatherwatch: Super Typhoon Trami heads for Japan as US flooding remains

Hurricane Florence caused severe flooding in US, while Super Typhoon Trami is set to make landfall in Japan

Almost two weeks on from Hurricane Florence, flooding in the US has continued to affect the Carolinas, with some areas expected to remain under water for the rest of this week. Hurricane Florence is believed to have been the cause of at least 43 deaths since it made landfall in Wrightsville in North Carolina on 14 September. According to estimates it has been one of the top 10 most expensive US hurricanes, with close to $44bn (£33.4bn) in damage.

So all of central and eastern areas of the US have had quite a bit of rain, including north-eastern states, and this will continue over the next few days. Most of the rain fell across Virginia and the Carolinas, although other eastern states saw plenty of rain too. The heaviest rain this week is coming to states further north and west that did not get the worst of the weather from Florence, although they are in the central and eastern regions.

More heavy rain has also affected central and north-eastern parts of the US this week, on top of that brought by Florence. Flood watches have been in place for parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, with more than 100mm (4in) falling in places. Some of this rain came from severe thunderstorms that caused flash flooding.

Super Typhoon Trami is expected to make landfall in the Japanese island of Okinawa on Saturday. This is likely to bring 125-250mm (5-10in) of heavy rain as well as hurricane-force winds and storm surges. Having been a category 5 storm earlier in the week, it is expected to make landfall as a category 3 typhoon. Models then show the storm moving north-east towards the Japanese mainland on Sunday.

Andrew Stewart (MetDesk)

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