Monday, August 27, 2012

Typhoon Bolaven Update #17

Typhoon Bolaven now moving quickly towards the Korean Peninsula and is currently affecting much of South Korea. It was last located approximately 480km south southwest of Seoul or about 200km northwest of Jeju Island. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 155kph Bolaven is currently moving northward at 35kph.

Radar from KMA

Latest radar out of South Korea shows the widespread moderate to heavy rains from Bolaven affecting the entire Korean Peninsula. Nearly 200mm of rain has already been reported in some areas since last night and anther 100 to 200mm could fall today. Furthermore, strong winds are being reported, especially across the southwestern portion of South Korea. A station near Mokpo reported a sustained wind speed of around 110kph before the station stopped reporting an hour ago (possibly due to wind damage). Winds of 70 to 100kph are also being continuously reported along the western coast of the peninsula. For the latest radar images, warnings, and forecasts from South Korea, please click HERE (KMA Website)

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the changing characteristics of Bolaven as it quickly heads north. The core of the system is quickly deteriorating although convective bands associate with it remain pretty established. Bolaven could begin extra-tropical transition later today as it makes landfall in North Korea.

Bolaven is forecast to maintain its Typhoon intensity as it heads north. It is forecast to make landfall in North Korea later this afternoon and could move near Pyonyang later tonight. It will then cross into China tomorrow morning as a transitioning Tropical Storm. Heavy rains and strong winds will continue for much of the Korean Peninsula throughout today. Even Seoul could see winds of up to 80kph later this afternoon as the center tracks roughyl 250km to the west of this city. All in all, some places here could get as much as 300mm to even 400mm of rain so please listen to the news for any warnings from your local officials.

We'll have more updates later today. Stay safe!
Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 082812

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