Sunday, April 1, 2012

TS Pakhar Update #9 (Landfall)

Tropical Storm Pakhar is now crossing into Cambodia after bringing heavy rains and strong winds across Ho Chi Minh and the surrounding areas. It was last located approximately 210km east northeast of Phnom Penh or about 130km north of Ho Chi Minh City. TS Pakhar is moving northwestward at 15kph. Maximum sustained winds have dropped to 65kph gusting to 85kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

The infra-red image below shows the convective activity still affecting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Rain reports overnight range from around 60mm in Ho Chi Minh to about 150mm in Central Vietnam. Rain will continue in these areas for another 12 hours or so. Strong winds were also felt last night throughout much of Southern Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh Airport recorded a gust of 95kph as Pakhar crossed within 100km of the city.

Tropical Storm Pakhar will now continue weakening as it encounters rugged terrain. It is forecast to become a tropical depression later today over Cambodia. We are still expecting rainfall amounts of anywhere between 50 to 150mm today and into tomorrow. Pakhar's remnants will also bring scattered rains for Indochina in the coming days.

Next update will be later this afternoon.
Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 040212

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