Friday, July 29, 2011

TS Nock-Ten Update #18 (Landfall)

Tropical Storm Nock-Ten (Formerly Bagyong Juaning) is about to make landfall in Hainan Province. Maximum sustained winds are around 100kph gusting to 130kph. Latest radar image from CMA shows the inner bands containing moderate to heavy rain making their way into the Eastern Coast of the island (near the city of Qionghai). Furthermore, strong wind gusts of up to 70kph are now being reported from a nearby airport.

The heaviest of rains are found in the south of the circulation center while the strongest of winds are located on the northeastern quadrant of the center. TS Nock-Ten will continue battering the province for the next 12 hours or so. It will exit into the Gulf of Tonkin by Saturday morning (Philippine Time). It will then make another landfall, this time in Northeastern Vietnam, by Saturday night (PhT), which is about 230km south of Hanoi.

Nock-Ten will move across Northern Vietnam weakening to a tropical depression by Sunday and dissipating over Laos by Monday. Heavy rains will remain a threat for these two countries for at least 2 to 3 days.

Please watch our Video Update which will be posted in about half an hour.
Issued (08 UTC) 4pm PhT 072911

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