Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tropical Storm Cimaron Update #6

Issued (1030 UTC) 630pm PhT 071813

Tropical Storm Cimaron (Formerly Isang) is now about to make landfall in the province of Fujian. The storm was last located approximately 60km south of Xiamen or about 370km southwest of Taipei. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Cimaron is moving north northwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows good convection over the center. The cloud canopy is now beginning to move inland bringing with it scattered light to moderate rain showers along with strong, gusty winds. Some of the clouds are also affecting Taiwan bringing light rains across the southern half of the island.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar image out of Fujian Province shows the center of Cimaron pushing northward and nearing landfall. Light to moderate rains are already being reported along the coast, including Xiamen. As much as 100 to even 150mm of rain could be possible through tonight and into tomorrow. For the latest radar image and forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Official Website).

Tropical Storm Cimaron should make landfall within the vicinity of Xiamen later tonight. Strong winds and heavy rains should be expected especially near the center of the storm. Upon landfall, Cimaron should weaken rapidly and could completely dissipate by tomorrow.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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