Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Typhoon Utor Update #17 (LANDFALL)

Issued (1130 UTC) 730pm PhT 081413

Typhoon Utor has finally made landfall in Guangdong Province. The center of Utor was last located approximately 50km northeast of Maoming City or about 290km west southwest of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are down to 130kph with guts of up to 165kph making Utor a Category 1 Typhoon. It is currently moving northwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from FNMOC

Latest satellite image shows Utor moving over land now. The eye is no longer visible but the circulation center is still somewhat discernible and continues to be surrounded by strong convective activity. Rain bands, strong winds, and storm surge will continue to pound the area throughout the night and could last into tomorrow.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar image out of Guangdong shows the center of Utor becoming more disorganized as it moves away from the water. However, rain bands remain strong especially on the western periphery. We've already rainfall reports of up to 200mm so far today and another 100 to 200mm could fall through the night. Winds has also been gusting really strongly with some reports of up to 165kph being recorded this afternoon. For the latest Radar Image and Weather Forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Website)

Typhoon Utor should be downgraded to a Tropical Storm later tonight. However, the fact that Utor is slowing down as it moves northward could prolong the stormy and dangerous conditions through tomorrow morning. Continue to listen to the news and always heed the warnings of your local officials!

Utor will be moving northwestward and could cross into the province of Guangxi by tomorrow morning. We are expecting dissipation to occur by Friday morning. However, residual rain showers could linger in Southwester China through the weekend.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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