Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Typhoon Trami (Maring) Update #8

Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 082113

Trami (Bagyong Maring) has just been upgraded to a Typhoon as we're writing this update and is moving near the Southern Japanese Islands. Trami was last located approximately 380km west southwest of Okinawa or about 250 east northeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Trami is moving west northwestward at 25kph.

IR Image from FNMOC

Latest satellite image shows a central dense overcast has formed over the low-level center. Trami showed continued intensification earlier this morning with a much improved outflow and convective banding forming around the center. Trami's developing eye actually tracked over the island of Miyakojima bringing winds of up to 100kph and rainfall amounts of up to 50mm. A weather station also recorded a minimum pressure of 968hPa as the storm passed overhead.

Radar Image from JMA

Latest radar image from Japan Meteorological Agency shows the center of Trami moving north of the Yaeyema Islands. Outer rain bands continue to affect the Japanese Islands particularly Ishigakijima. Winds gusts of up to 100kph also continues to affect parts of the region. We expect the stormy conditions to continue through the next few hours but should slowly die down by late afternoon. For the latest radar date from JMA, please click HERE

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

Note: The image below was made about an hour ago, back when Trami was still classified as a Tropical Storm.

Typhoon Trami should continue moving west northwestward today. The center is forecast to pass within 150km north of the city of Taipei and could bring stormy conditions in the Taiwanese capital. Up to 300mm of rain could also in the mountainous regions of Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau has already Typhoon Warning and Heavy Rain across the region and so residents must heed the said warnings, especially if they live in flood and landslide prone areas.

Meanwhile, the rains continue across Luzon this morning. However, the coverage and the intensity of these rains are lesser and weaker compared to the past two days. Floodwaters and water levels in the dams across Luzon and Metro Manila should slowly go down. However, on and off rains could still continue throughout today so it's not exactly good weather.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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