Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tropical Storm Maria Update #6

Tropical Storm Maria is now gradually losing strength as it quickly moves across the Northern Pacific. The system was last located approximately 1,300km southeast of Tokyo, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are at 85kph with gusts of up to 100kph. TS Maria is moving east northeastward at 35kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the convection is still persisting although it is beginning to be displaced away from TS Maria's low-level center. Dry air, cooler waters, and high wind shear continue to take their toll on the storm and we could total dissipation in the next 2 days.

Tropical Storm Maria is now moving over the Northern Pacific and will no longer be a threat to land. The system is forecast to either become extra-tropical or dissipate completely in the next 24 to 48 hours.

We'll have another update tomorrow.
Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 101812

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