Friday, August 30, 2013

Tropical Depression Kong-Rey Update #9 (FINAL)

Issued (12 UTC) 8pm PhT 083013

Kong-Rey has weakened to a Tropical Depression as it begins to be absorbed by the mid-latitude trough. The storm center was last located approximately 380km east of Shanghai, China or about 500km northwest of Okinawa, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are now down to 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. TD Kong-Rey is moving northeastward at 25kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows some convection forming near the low-level center. A mid-latitude trough is currently moving into Eastern Asia and will begin to absorb Kong-Rey influencing it to transition into an extra-tropical cyclone.

Tropical Depression Kong-Rey is forecast to become extra-tropical within the next 24 hours. It will then move into the island of Kyushu by tomorrow bringing scattered to widespread rains in the region. Up to 100mm of rain could fall in Kyushu, Western Honshu, and Shikoku over the next two days due to Kong-Rey and the mid-latitude trough.

This will be our final update on Tropical Depression Kong-Rey. Rest of the Western Pacific remains quiet and we're not currently expecting any cyclone formation in the coming days.

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