Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Typhoon Saola (Gener) Update #13

Typhoon Saola (Bagyong Gener) continues to strengthen and has just been upgraded to a Category-2 typhoon by the JTWC. Saola was last located approximately 330km northeast of Basco, Batanes or about 300km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 155kph with gusts of up to 195kph. Saola is currently moving northwestward at 10kph.

As of 11am today, PAGASA maintains Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes, Calayan, and Babuyan Groups of Islands. Signal #1 for Cagayan and Apayao. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has issued Typhoon Warnings for many areas in the country particularly along its eastern side. Japan's JMA has also issued Storm and High Waves Warnings for Miyakojima and Ishigakijima. People in these areas should continue closely monitoring the development of Saola through the news or local officials for the latest updates and warnings in their region!

Radar from JMA

Radar from Miyakojima is now picking up Saola's eye and its rainbands which are starting to affect the Japanese Islands. Sustained winds of up to 85kph have also been recorded with gusts of up to 120kph so far. Strong winds will continue increasing in these islands and including the eastern coast of Taiwan. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate with heavy rain and damaging winds dominating today and throughout the night. For the latest radar images from Japan, please click HERE (JMA Website)

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite images show the eye of Typhoon Saola is becoming better defined with strong convection nicely wrapping around the center. Though much of the convection remains offshore, (mainly affecting the Japanese Islands) residents in Taiwan should still expect strong winds, heavy rains, and rough waves along the eastern and northern coast. Meanwhile, the Philippine Islands north of Luzon particularly the Batanes Islands should still experience gusty winds and stormy weather but should slowly improve tonight. The batch of convection we've noted this morning continues to move slowly to the east and is currently bringing light to moderate rains across Extreme Northern Luzon.

We'll have more in-depth updates and forecasts later this afternoon.
Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 080112

No comments:

Post a Comment