Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tropical Storm Saola (Gener) Update #6

This is a brief and special update on Tropical Storm Saola (Bagyong Gener). The storm was last located approximately 380km east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 95kph with gusts of up to 130kph. Saola is currently moving north northwestward at 10kph.

Subic Radar Image from NOAH (PAGASA)

The real focus on this update is a low pressure area associated with Saola's broad circulation. This LPA is currently moving towards the National Capital Region. Latest radar image from Subic (NOAH) clearly shows the cyclone turning with bands of heavy rain now moving into the Capital. This LPA or Invest 97W is flowing into the broad circulation of Saola. It is moving east northeastward at around 15kph. This low pressure area will move through the area tonight bringing heavy rains with amounts of up to 100mm possible in some areas. This is a very dangerous situation so please continue watching the news for the latest evacuations and school cancellations. For the latest radar images, please click HERE (NOAH Website)

IR Image from NRLMRY

Not much change on Tropical Storm Saola. It has slightly strengthened and we are seeing another round of convective burst as was expected. Forecast tracks have not changed and we are still expecting the system to become a typhoon as early as tomorrow night (Monday).

We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!
Issued (14 UTC) 11pm PhT 072912

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