Typhoon Kilo Heads For Japan
Kilo is looking to give the records for longest lasting and distance traveled a run for the money. Those records were set by Hurricane/Typhoon John back in 1994, with 31 days and 7,165 miles. Meanwhile, Typhoon Kilo is expected to strengthen over the next few days while tracking toward Japan, pushing out a solid to XL size swell for next week.
Current Storm Status: As of 7AM HST on Saturday, September 5th, category 1 Typhoon Kilo is located at 23.7N 170.5E or around 1600nm ESE of Japan. Kilo has maximum sustained winds of 80kts with gusts to 100kts. Seas up to 36 feet. The system is currently moving to the west at 13kts.
More info on Kilo can be found at the JTWC.
Storm Forecast: Moving through a favorable environment, Kilo is expected to strengthen over the next 2-3 days, possibly hitting cat 4 super typhoon status. Meanwhile, this storm is looking to gradually curve WNW over the next few days, then eventually NW then North in the longer range, possibly curving into the Northwest Pacific later next week.
Swell for Hawaii: Kilo is no longer expected to send swell to Hawaii as it tracks quicker and further away. The small swell currently showing from Kilo will fade out over the next couple days.
Swell for Japan: At this point, if the current forecast holds true, Kilo is looking to deliver a solid to potentially XL size East swell to Japan for the middle and second half of next week. Stay tuned to the Japan Forecast for more details.