Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Typhoon (Megi) Juan Update #25

Typhoon Megi (Juan) slightly weakens as it moves northward. The eye is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility but its rain bands, as well as tropical storm-force winds, continue to affect Western Luzon. Typhoon Megi (Juan) was last located approximately 350km west of Laoag City (12am PhT). As of 11pm PhT, signal warning #1 is still up for six provinces: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Pangasinan, and Zambales.

Megi is moving to the north at 10kph. It is beginning to encounter strong upper level winds which is why it has slightly weakened; downgraded to a Category 3 with winds fo 205kph. Megi is forecast to continue weakening before making landfall in Guangdong in Southern China either on Friday or Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Western Pacific, a tropical disturbance was spotted east near Guam in the Marianas. It has a good chance of becoming a tropical depression in the next 12-24 hours. Fortunately, the disturbance is still too far to affect the Philippines.
Issued (1730 UTC) 130am PhT 102110

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