Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) Update #5 (w/ Video)

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Wukong. Scroll down below for our complete Text Update.

Text Update

Tropical Storm Wukong (Bagyong Quinta) continues to move across Central Philippines. The storm is currently exiting the island of Panay and was last located approximately 120km northwest of Iloilo City or about 130km southeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Wukong is moving westward at 25kph.

Latest Signal Warnings from PAGASA as of 5pm today:
Signal #1: Mindoro, Romblon, Lubang Island, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo Island, Marinduque, Aklan, Capiz, Antiue, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Guimaras.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Wukong remains intact despite land interaction. Convective activity remains good and continues to persist right over the circulation center. Sulu Sea may provide Wukong better environment for intensification as well as the approaching diurnal maximum this evening.

2-Day Rainfall Forecast

After two days of heavy rains, Eastern Visayas should begin to see gradual improvement in the weather by tomorrow. Some light rains are still possible but they won't be as widespread. The rainfall forecast above shows Western Visayas including Mindoro and Palawan getting heavy rains tomorrow. Some moderate rains also possible across Bicol Region. Across Mindanao, the possibilities of heavy rains also exist especially across Central and Eastern Portions of the islands. Up to 100 and even 150mm of rain is possible there over the next two days.

For access to Radar Image as well as rainfall data and forecast for your area, click HERE (ClimateX PH).

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

Tropical Storm Wukong (Bagyong Quinta) will continue to track westward and will be moving just north of Palawan (near Coron) by tomorrow morning. It will then continue to head into the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and could slightly intensify by that time. We expect Wukong to then exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday morning and then begin to weaken to a Tropical Depression thereafter.

We'll have another update tomorrow.
Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 122612

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