Issued (12 UTC) 8pm PhT 082913
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey continues to suffer from strong wind shear with the low-level center racing away from the convection. The center was last located approximately 230km northeast of Taipei, Taiwan or about 440km west of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are now down to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Kong-Rey is moving northward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image points out the location of the low-level center in relation to the batch of main convection. Strong northeasterly wind shear, combined with the interesting of Taiwan, forced the convection to linger across the Taiwan. Right now, the low level center is racing away across the East China Sea and will continue on its present weakening trend.
Radar Image from CWB (Taiwan)
As much as 600mm of rain has been recorded in Pingtung County in the southern part of Taiwan. Nearby areas also received heavy rainfall amounts of 300 to 500mm causing flooding and landslides in the region. Latest radar image shows the rains are starting to move away although there may still be some residual showers overnight. Those rains are now moving into Fujian Province of Southeastern China.
For the latest radar images and forecasts from Taiwan, click HERE (CWB Website).
Kong-Rey will continue to weaken down to a minimal tropical storm by tomorrow and could also start transitioning into an extra-tropical cyclone as mid-latitude trough moves in from China. Kong-Rey is forecast to, then, make landfall in the island of Kyushu by early Saturday morning.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.