Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tropical Depression Wukong (Quinta) Update #8

Tropical Depression Wukong (formerly Bagyong Quinta) has finally exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility. It was last located approximately 720km east of Ho Chi Minh City or about 370km west of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Maximum sustained winds remain at 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. Wukong is moving west southwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Wukong is showing signs of life with strong convective activity (which began last night) persisting. However, the low-level center is still partially displaced due to moderate wind shear in the region. Wukong is no longer impacting any land except the islands dotting the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

TD Wukong will continue moving west southwestward. It will probably hang on to that Tropical Depression intensity throughout the day today before starting to completely dissipate by tomorrow. It could also slightly affect Southern Vietnam tomorrow.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.
Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 122812

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