Issued (12 UTC) 8pm PhT 082713
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey (Bagyong Nando) continues to slowly intensify as it moves across the Philippine Sea. It was last located approximately 200km east southeast of Basco, Batanes. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Kong-Rey is moving northward at 15kph.
As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands while Signal #1 is in effect for Cagayan, Calayan Islands, Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and Isabela. These provinces should continue to expect stormy conditions throughout the night.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Strong convective activity remains and with the clouds starting to cover the low-level center once again which could be a sign that the wind shear is easing. Satellite analysis also show that wind speeds near the circulation center continue to increase as the system tracks over warm waters. We expect continued intensification throughout the night especially as the wind shear weakens a little bit more.
Radar Image from Aparri (PAGASA)
PAGASA's Aparri radar shows widespread rains across Northern Luzon. Many areas have now received 100 to 150mm of rain over the past 24 hours. Rains should start to weaken, though, as Kong-Rey moves farther to the north. For the latest updates on this storm, click HERE (PAGASA Website).
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey (Nando) will continue moving northward and could start affecting Taiwan by tomorrow. It will also continue to intensify and could even become a Typhoon by Thursday as it moves near the Ryukyu Islands in Japan.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.