Sunday, April 1, 2012

TS Pakhar Update #8 (Landfall)

Tropical Storm Pakhar is now making landfall along the southeastern coast of Vietnam. It was last located approximately 70km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City and is moving west northwestward at around 10kph. Maximum sustained winds are still at 75kph gusting to 110kph.

Microwave Image from NRLMRY

The latest microwave image taken by the SSMI satellite clearly shows the core of Pakhar moving into Vietnam. The image representation also shows great structure even though wind estimates are only around 40kts. Right now, Ho Chi Minh airport has been reporting light to moderate rains for the past 4 hours. Latest wind data also show gusts of up to 55kph already being felt in the city. Elsewhere in Southern Vietnam, rain reports range from 50 to 100mm.

VIS Image from NRLMRY

Tropical Storm Pakhar will continue moving slowly to the west northwest before turning more to the northwest. Expect these widespread moderate rains to continue for another 12 to 24 hours for Vietnam and Cambodia. There could be as much as 250mm of rain by tomorrow so chances of flooding and landslides are really high. Pakhar is forecast to enter Cambodia by dawn and pass within 200km east of Phnom Penh. Total dissipation is still forecast by tomorrow (Monday) afternoon. Pakhar's remnants will then continue bringing rains for parts of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam over the next two days.

We'll have our next update tomorrow morning. Stay safe out there!
Issued (0930 UTC) 530pm PhT 040112

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