Friday, October 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Ofel) Update #8 (w/ Video)

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) and also a brief update on Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Basin.

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Text Update

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) continues to intensify as it moves across the South China Sea. The storm was last located approximately 720km west of Manila or about 570km east of the coast of Vietnam. Maximum sustained winds are at 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Son-Tinh is moving westward at 20kph.

All Public Storm Warning Signals in the Philippines have now been dropped by PAGASA. Some rains are still possible across Luzon, however, but won't be as heavy and widespread as yesterday. Expect continued improvement in the weather conditions across the Philippines this weekend.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows strong convective activity continuing to fire off across the symmetrical central dense overcast. Environment conditions in the region are still favorable for intensification and we expect Son-Tinh to become a Typhoon by as early as tomorrow (Saturday).

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh will continue move northwestward across the South China Sea, likely becoming a Category 1 typhoon tomorrow. It will pass south of Hainan Island tomorrow but will still bring stormy conditions especially along the coast. Parts of Vietnam will also begin to experience heavy rains by tomorrow with the worst weather expected to occur in Northern Vietnam by late Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Hanoi and nearby areas should expect strong winds and rainfall amounts of up to 150mm. Son-Tinh will linger in the region through Monday before dissipating. Heavy rains also possible across Indochina and Southwestern China particularly in Guangxi Province.

We'll have another update tomorrow. For more info on Hurricane Sandy in the United States, please visit our affiliate
Issued (10 UTC) 6pm PhT 102612

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