Monday, July 1, 2013

Tropical Storm Rumbia Update #8 (LANDFALL)

Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 070213

Tropical Storm Rumbia has finally made landfall in Leizhou Peninsula a few hours ago; it has since weakened from a Typhoon upon landfall. The storm was last located approximately 50km southwest of the city of Zhanjiang or about 100km north northwest of Haikou, Hainan. Maximum sustained winds are down to 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the central dense overcast now moving into Leizhou Peninsula bringing stormy conditions in the area. Rumbia, which has rapidly intensify to a Typhoon last night, has weakened as it moved inland. It brushed the eastern coast of Hainan a few hours ago bringing heavy rains, strong winds, and rough surf in the island.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar out of Hainan shows the center of circulation of Rumbia now moving across Leizhou Peninsula. Bands of moderate to heavy rains are also impacting much of the region. We've already had reports of up to 50mm of rain so far and more is on the way. For the latest radar images and forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Official Website).

Tropical Storm Rumbia will continue weakening today as it moves further inland. It is forecast to weaken to a Tropical Depression and eventually dissipate by as early as tomorrow.

We'll have another update later today.

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