Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tropical Storm Leepi (Emong) Update #6

Issued (12 UTC) 8pm PhT 061913

Tropical Storm Leepi (Bagyong Emong) is nearing the Miyako Islands of Japan. The storm was last located approximately of 80km southeast of Miyako-Jima or about of 310km soutwest of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds have slightly gone down to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph.TS Leepi is moving northward at 25kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the convection associated with Leepi has weakened and has become shallower overnight. Poleward outflow has also weakened as it continues to move northward.

Radar Image from JMA

Leepi is now nearing the Miyako Islands. Latest radar image from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows bands of light to moderate rains moving into the islands. Due to the weak nature of Leepi, there's isn't really that much organized batches of rain. Even the winds have been lackluster as the stations are only reporting winds of between 30 to 40kph. For the latest rain reports and radar images from Japan, click HERE

Tropical Storm Leepi will continue moving northward passing Miyako later this evening. It will move west of Okinawa by tomorrow bringing rains and winds in the area. Leepi should start accelerating and transitioning into extra-tropical cyclone as it begins to move into the baroclinic zone. By Friday afternoon, Leepi is forecast to move near the Kyushu Island as a weakening Tropical Cyclone.

We'll have another update later tonight.

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