Friday, August 9, 2013

Tropical Storm Utor (Labuyo) Update #4

Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 081013

Tropical Storm Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) continues to intensify and is now on the verge of becoming a typhoon. TS Utor was last located approximately 600km east of Virac, Catanduanes. Maximum sustained winds are now at 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. TS Utor is moving westward at 20kph.

Due to the approaching cyclone, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, and Catanduanes. These provinces should expect stormy conditions to begin in the next 24 to 36 hours signified by rains and strong winds. Please continue monitoring the developments of this storm through the local news and with PAGASA.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows a pinhole eye is trying to form amidst the Central Dense Overcast. Tropical Storm Utor continues to rapidly intensify with strong convective activity and excellent radial outflow visible on the satellite images. We expect the system to be upgraded to a Typhoon later this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Utor should begin turning to the west northwest later today. Outer rain bands could begin affecting Catanduanes and even Samar Island by tonight. If rapid intensification continues through tomorrow, we could see Utor attain Category 3 Typhoon intensity before it makes landfall in Luzon. Latest data suggest a track towards the Aurora-Isabela area by early Monday morning.

We'll have a full update later this afternoon.

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