Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tropical Storm Utor Update #18 (LANDFALL)

Issued (0030 UTC) 830am PhT 081513

Utor continues to rapidly weaken and is now down to a Tropical Storm. The storm's center was last located approximately 150km north of the city of Maoming or about 330km west northwest of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are down to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Utor is moving north northwestward at 15kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Utor made landfall in Guangdong Province as a Category 2 Typhoon at around 3pm local time. Winds of up 180kph were measured in several areas, especially along the coast. Utor has rapidly weakened since then although the circulation is still pretty intact. Furthermore, rain bands are still very organized on the southern periphery of the circulation.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar image out of Southwestern China shows the extent of the moderate to heavy rains currently impacting the region. Many places in Guangdong Province have already recorded up to 350mm of rain since Tuesday and we're still expecting up to 100mm to fall throughout today. Eventually, the rains will start pulling to the northwest affecting the province of Guangxi. For the latest radar images and weather forecasts for China, please click HERE (CMA Website).

Tropical Storm Utor should continue rapidly weakening today and could become a Tropical Depression by this afternoon. We expect the system to dissipate by tomorrow although rains could linger in the region through the weekend.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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