By Courtney Spamer – AccuWeather
Typhoon Nuri spares the Philippines from most of the cyclone’s impacts with a drastic northerly turn this weekend, but now aims for Japan.
A front moving through the East China Sea and Japan Saturday picked up the storm as it churned in the Western Pacific. This interaction brought a drastic change in Nuri’s path. After heading mostly westward over the past week, it will head northward through the Philippine Sea.
The Philippines likely will still get a few showers and thunderstorms through Monday with the passing of the front as well as some outer bands of the storm. The biggest impact to the islands will be rough seas and rip currents to the eastern shores of the Philippines.
Nuri on Saturday strengthened into a typhoon, and likely will remain that way through the early part of the new week.
During its northerly track, the front moving through Japan is expected to slow down. This slow advancement of the front will allow Nuri to make an approach on Japan for the end of the week.
Typhoon Nuri churning in the Western Pacific during it’s northerly track (NOAA)
Even so, it remains likely the Nuri will pass to the east of Japan and out into the open Pacific Ocean by next weekend.
Japan can still feel some impacts from this large storm as interaction with the front will likely pull moisture into eastern Honshu resulting in the threat for downpours capable of causing flash flooding and even mudslides in areas of rugged terrain.
Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.