Monday, October 1, 2012

Tropical Storm Maliksi Update #1 (w/ Video)

A new Tropical Storm formed today in the Western Pacific. Tropical Storm Maliksi is currently moving across the Northern Marianas Islands last located approximately 520km north of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. Maliksi is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

For more details on Maliksi, Jelawat, and the Tropical Depression (Invest 95W) that we are watching over the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, please watch our in-depth Video Update below:

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

Please note that while the name being used is Filipino, TS Maliksi is not inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. The name has been contributed by PAGASA for use of Tropical Cyclone Names in the Western Pacific per the WMO Convention.

TS Maliksi is not expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility as it is forecast to recurve by Wednesday, passing west of Iwo To and the rest of the Ogasawara Islands. It will move northeastward under the Subtropical Ridge and will be staying well south of Honshu in Japan throughout this week. Due to the favorable conditions in the region, there is a good chance that Maliksi will become a Typhoon in the next 3 days.

We'll have another update on this system tomorrow. Note that we have already given our Final Update on Tropical Storm Jelawat.
Issued (1030 UTC) 630pm PhT 100112

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