Sunday, September 16, 2012

Typhoon Sanba Update #13 (LANDFALL)

Typhoon Sanba is now moving towards South Korea and could make landfall near Busan in the next 2 to 3 hours. The center was last located approximately 340km south southwest of Busan or about 150km east of Jeju. Maximum sustained winds are now down to 155kph with gusts of up to 195kph. Sanba is moving northward at 30kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows an ill-defined eye remains over Sanba along with good convective activity especially along the northern side of the system. Increasing upper-level winds is starting to shear Sanba but at the same time, this is increasing the coverage of precipitation which is now impacting large parts of South Korea.

Radar from KMA

Latest radar image out of South Korea shows the widespread rains now impacting the country. Heavy rains of up to 200mm could throughout today. Even in Western Honshu and Kyushu, light rain showers could fall from time to time. Along with the rains, strong winds of up to 160kph continue to be reported across Japan. The Nagasaki area has actually recorded a gust of 150kph as the eye passed to the west. Meanwhile across South Korea, stations are beginning to report winds of 100 to 140kph and will continue to increase as the day goes on.

We are expecting a landfall in the next 3 to 6 hours near the city of Busan. Winds of up to 160kph are possible especially along the southeastern coast through 12pm South Korea Time. Sanba will weaken significantly after making landfall and will exit into the Sea of Japan later this afternoon.

For the latest radar image, warnings, and forecasts from South Korea, please click HERE (KMA)

We'll have another update later today.
Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 091712

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