Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tropical Storm Damrey Update #6

Tropical Storm Damrey is now closing in on Tanegashima Island just south of Kyushu. It was last located approximately 160km south southeast of Kagoshima in Kyushu. Maximum sustained winds are now at 110kph with gusts of up to 150kph. TS Damrey is currently moving west northwestward at 30kph.

JMA has posted a plethora of warnings for Kyushua and even into Shikoku. Warnings range from Storm to Flood to High Waves. For a complete list of warnings please click HERE (JMA Website)

Radar from JMA

Latest radar image clearly shows the eye of Damrey beginning to move into the islands. Wind reports out of the area range from 50 to 70kph sustained with gusts of up to 100kph. Rainfall reports so far are only around 20 to 40mm but is expected to increase as rainbands continue to affect the region. Damrey is a quick moving and small storm so it is not expected to bring phenomenal amounts of rain but the region is still vulnerable from flooding and landslides, please continue monitoring the news here!

IR Image from NRLMRY

As we've noted yesterday, Damrey has developed some sort of an eye signature, confirmed by a recent microwave image. The storm seems to be taking advantage of the warm Kurushio Current situated in the area allowing Damrey to intensify to just below typhoon strength. The satellite image also shows the decreasing proximity of Damrey and Saola although it is still yet to be seen whether Saola will have significant impact on Damrey's path and intensification.

We'll have more updates on Damrey later this afternoon.
Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 080112

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