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29 May 2011

Songda Passes East of Taiwan, Weakens, Aims for Japan

Songda has weakened substantially over the last 24 hours. The typhoon has lost energy as a result of its interaction with a front and has been directed well to the east of Taiwan. Most of the rain that has impacted Taiwan over the last couple of days is a result of the front, not Typhoon Songda. A much weakened Songda is now being directed towards southern Japan and will likely make landfall during the next 24 hours on Kyūshū, with impacts felt across Shikoku and Honshū, south of Tokyo. By the time it reaches the area with the damaged nuclear reactor, it will likely produce only moderate to heavy rains. Songda is now departing the developing world, and thus this will be our final update on the system.

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