Issued (1130 UTC) 730pm PhT 080213
Tropical Storm Jebi has intensified today with an intensity just below Typhoon-status. Jebi is nearing Hainan and was last located approximately 120km southeast of Haikou. Maximum sustained winds are now at 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. TS Jebi is moving northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the Central Dense Overcast nearing Hainan Island. Strong convective activity is starting to affect Hainan with light to moderate rains. Jebi intensified today and featured an eye-like structure earlier today. Fortunately, Jebi will make landfall soon and will no longer have a chance to intensify further.
Radar from CMA
Latest radar image from Hainan shows the center of Jebi nearing landfall. Bands of light to moderate rain are now spreading over the island, along with pockets of heavy rains. Along with heavy rains are strong and potentially damaging winds. Haikou airport reported winds of up to 60kph in the last hour and could increase further as the center passes near the city. For the latest radar image, please click HERE (CMA Website).
Tropical Storm Jebi is forecast to make landfall in the next couple of hours. Rains of up to 250mm along with winds of up to 100kph are possible bringing dangerous conditions in the region throughout the night. Jebi is forecast to emerge into the Gulf of Tonkin by tomorrow and could make landfall in Northern Vietnam by Saturday evening.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!