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Lester downgraded, but Tokage may hit Japan


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Lester downgraded to a depression

6:32 p.m. ET ET Wed.,Oct.13,2004


Tim Ballisty, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Lester has never made any advancement away from the Mexican coastline and thus has had to deal with land friction and the lack of its energy source, the ocean waters. This friction has led Lester to become completely disorganized and its low-level center has been difficult to locate at times. Because of this along with poor satellite representation, Lester has been downgraded to a tropical depression and all tropical storm advisories have been discontinued. Even with a weakened Lester, there may enough rain and thunderstorm activity along the coastline which may cause locally heavy rain and the possibility of mudslides. Although the final advisory for Lester has been written, the system still has a chance to gather organization and regenerate. We will continue to monitor the remnants.


The remainder of the eastern Pacific tropical basin is quiet and there is no significant tropical activity in the Atlantic. All is generally quiet throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.


Tokage in the western Pacific has been upgraded to Typhoon Tokage and will continue to gather strength over the next week. In fact, within the next 48 to 72 hours, Tokage may attain Super Typhoon status. Unfortunately, it is not out of the question that Tokage makes a run at Japan some time next week. It has been a record-breaking year when it comes to the number of landfalling typhoons along Japan's coast. Nine typhoons thus far have made landfall over Japan.

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