Friday, October 19, 2012

TS Prapiroon and TD Maria Final Update

Tropical Storm Prapiroon is now heading into the North Pacific and was last located approximately 680km southeast of Tokyo, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. Prapiroon is moving east northeastward at 50kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY showing the locations of Prapiroon and Maria

TS Prapiroon is starting to become extra-tropical and could complete the transition in the next 24 hours. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center have given their final warning for this system and the JMA also expects Prapiroon to become a LOW within the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Maria has weakened into a Tropical Depression as it moves across the Northern Pacific, slightly ahead of Prapiroon. Maximum sustained winds are at 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. TD Maria is moving eastward at 20kph. Maria is forecast to eventually dissipate over the Pacific in the next 24 hours.

This will be our Final Update for both Prapiroon and Maria.

The rest of the Western Pacific looks quiet right now although a weak disturbance currently moving well south of Guam may develop into a tropical cyclone by early next week. Computer models are still in disagreement whether this will actually become a storm so the chances are still low at this point.

We'll have another Tropical Update tomorrow.
Issued (0930 UTC) 530pm PhT 101912

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