Issued (1230 UTC) 830pm PhT 062113
Tropical Depression 05W has intensified into Tropical Storm Bebinca. The storm was last located approximately 360km south of Hong Kong or about 420km east southeast of Haikou, Hainan Island. Maximum sustained winds are up to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Bebinca is moving northwestward at 15kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows strong convective activity with cold cloud tops that is slightly being sheared to the southwest of the low-level center. The intensity was raised to TS-strength due to the satellite analysis from last night. Bebinca is currently moving south of Hong Kong but is not close enough to bring significant impacts to the area.
Tropical Storm Bebinca is forecast to continue on its northwestward trajectory. It is forecast to make landfall in the Leizhou Peninsula (Guangdong Province) tomorrow afternoon. Heavy rains are possible in the region especially across the island of Hainan. Eventually, Bebinca is forecast to weaken rapidly to a Tropical Depression and then make a second landfall in Northeastern Vietnam by Sunday.
We'll have another update tomorrow.