Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 082013
Tropical Storm Trami (Bagyong Maring) continues to slowly intensify as it moves across the Philippine Sea. The storm was last located approximately 530km south southeast of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are up now to 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Trami is moving northward at 15kph.
IR Image from FNMOC
Latest satellite image shows Trami looking strong with good convective activity and good equatorward outflow. There is still moderate wind shear from the north that is impinging the convection on the northern half of Trami's circulation. We do expect that shear to slowly weaken allowing Trami to intensify even further.
Tropical Storm Trami should continue moving northward and then gradually turn to the northwest later today in response to a strengthening subtropical ridge. It should also continue intensifying slowly and could become a typhoon by tomorrow. Trami should then move near the Ishigaki and Yaeyema Islands in Japan and then towards Northern Taiwan by late Wednesday into early Thursday morning.
Radar Image from ClimateX PH
Meanwhile, strong southwest monsoon continue to bring widespread rains across Central and Southern Luzon especially the Metro Manila area. As much as 100mm of rain fell again last night causing flooding yet again in the Metro. The Philippine Government has suspended work again today and several cities and municipalities have cancelled classes. Up to 100mm is still expected today which definitely won't help in easing the flood waters across the region. Always be updated through your local news stations for the latest warnings and situation in your area. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts, click HERE (ClimateX).
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