Monday, August 27, 2012

Typhoon Tembin (Igme) Update #18

Typhoon Tembin (Bagyong Igme) is now moving just south of Taiwan bringing heavy rains and strong winds in the region. It was last located approximately 260km south of Taipei or about 230km north northwest of Basco, Batanes. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 155kph. Tembin is currently moving east northeastward at 20kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands. Signal #1 for Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Meanwhile, the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan has issued Typhoon Warning for the entire country along with Extremely Heavy Rain Advisories.

Radar from CWB

Latest radar out of Taiwan shows the center of Tembin just east of Taitung County. Heavy rains continue to impact much of Taiwan with reports of 100 to 200mm already falling in the past 12 hours. Along with heavy rains, places along Southern Taiwan are also reporting strong gusty winds sometimes reaching 160kph. In fact, Lanyu Island reported a wind gust of 210kph a few hours ago! Also note that rains are extending far south into the islands north of Luzon and will continue to do so throughout this morning. For more radar images, warnings, and forecasts from Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB Website)

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the bulk of convection associated with Tembin draped across Taiwan. The system barely looks Typhoon at the moment but wind and pressure reports around Southern Taiwan justify it being kept at Typhoon status; note that JTWC has already downgraded this system to a Tropical Storm.

Typhoon Tembin will continue moving northeastward today with stormy conditions in Taiwan likely to persist into the evening hours. Tembin should also weaken to a Tropical Storm later today as it moves north. Latest forecasts is taking Tembin east of Shanghai by early Wednesday morning and then a possible landfall in Northeastern China later this week.

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

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