Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tropical Storm Tembin Update #21 (w/ Video) [FINAL]

Latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Tembin (and Isaac in the United States). Text Update continues below the video:

Tropical Storm Tembin made landfall in South Korea earlier this morning and is currently crossing the Peninsula. It was last located approximately 170km southwest of Seoul. Maximum sustained winds are now down to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph (different winds on the video). Tembin is currently moving north northeastward at 40kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Tembin starting to degrade significantly as it traverses the Korean Peninsula. The core of the system is beginning to erode and strong upper-level winds are shearing much of the convection to the north and east of the system. Tembin is also starting to transition into an extra-tropical storm and could complete the process as early as tomorrow.

Radar Image from NRLMRY

Despite the rapid weakening of Tembin, bands of light to moderate rain continue impact North and South Korea. Stations along the northern portions of South Korea, including Seoul, are still reporting light to moderate rains at the moment. Rainfall totals in the region range from 50 to 100mm since this morning and another 50 to 100mm could fall especially along the northern part of the Peninsula. For more radar images, warnings, and forecasts, please click HERE (KMA Website)

Aside from the rains, strong winds of 60 to 100kph battered the southwestern portion of South Korea earlier this morning. The strong winds created hazardous conditions as debris were carried in the air. Unfortunately, Tembin has already claimed the lives of 2 people in South Korea--adding salt to injury considering Bolaven lashed the region just days before and killed a dozen people.

The good news, though, is that stormy conditions should start to taper off later this evening and conditions should continue to improve through tomorrow (Friday). Tembin will be moving into the Sea of Japan in the next few hours and could head towards the Far East Russia by Friday afternoon as an extra-tropical cyclone. This will be our final update for Tropical Storm Tembin. Please continue to monitor the system through the Korean Meteorological Administration. Stay safe!
Issued (0930 UTC) 530pm PhT 083012

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