Saturday, August 18, 2012

Tropical Depression Kai-Tak Update #14 [FINAL]

Tropical Depression Kai-Tak is now losing strength as it moves across Northwestern Vietnam. The system was last located approximately 280km northwest of Hanoi. Maximum sustained winds are at 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. Kai-Tak is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.

Kai-Tak moved into Vietnam late last night and moved within 20km north of Hanoi earlier this morning. Stations in that area reported winds of up to 50kph along with continuous moderate to heavy rains. Rainfall reports along Northern Vietnam range from 100 to 200mm and even parts of Guangxi still reported seeing rains of up to 100mm last night.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Kai-Tak is still maintaining a pretty decent circulation although the core is slowly withering away. Kai-Tak will move into Yunnan Province in Southwestern China later tonight and could fully dissipate tomorrow. However, the remnants of the system will continue to enhance widespread rains across Yunnan, Northern Vietnam, Laos, and the rest of the region. There could still be 100 to even 200mm of rain falling in some places tonight and into tomorrow.

Both JMA and JTWC have given their Final Storm Warnings for Kai-Tak. Likewise, this will be our final update for Kai-Tak. Continue to check out your country's weather agencies (CMA or Vietnam Met) as Kai-Tak and its remnants will still persist in the next few days.

We'll have our Text Update for TD 96W and LPA 97W in half an hour.
Issued (0930 UTC) 530pm PhT 081812

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