Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Typhoon Utor Update #16

Issued (0030 UTC) 830am PhT 081413

Typhoon Utor is now nearing the coast of Guangdong Province and could make landfall in the next 3 hours. The storm center was last located approximately 150km southeast of the city of Maoming or about 260km southwest of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are at 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. Utor is moving northwestward at 15kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the center of Utor moving closer to the Chinese Coast. The eye has become more rugged as Utor begins to weaken. However, it still looks impressive and still has strong bands of convective activity. Heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges will continue to impact the region and is expected to linger throughout today. Utor is a very dangerous typhoon and we urge everyone in this region to remain vigilant and always heed the warnings of the local officials!

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar out of Guangdong shows the eye of Utor is very visible on radar. Inner bands of moderate to heavy rains continue to push into the coast particularly in Southwestern Guangdong. The center of Utor looks to be tracking towards the city of Maoming and could make landfall in three hours. We expect rainfall amounts of up to 300mm to accumulate through tomorrow. For the latest radar images and forecasts from China, please click HERE

Typhoon Utor should rapidly weaken after landfall this morning. However, the system is forecast to slow down prolonging the duration of strong winds and heavy rains. By later this afternoon, Utor should be downgraded to a strong Tropical Storm.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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