Friday, September 13, 2013

Tropical Storm Man-Yi Update #3

Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 091413

Tropical Storm Man-Yi has intensified this morning as it continues to move across the Philippine Sea. It was last located approximately 880km east southeast of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are now at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Man-Yi is moving west northwestward at 25kph.

IR Image from NOAA

 Latest satellite image suggest that Man-Yi is becoming more consolidated with a single low-level center emerging this morning. Convection is also starting to wrap successfully around this LLCC and the vigorous poleward outflow continues to aid in intensification. Man-Yi is still hundreds of kilometers away from Okinawa but due to its large size, high cirrus clouds are already approaching the islands. We won't be surprised if strong winds and occasional rains will be reported in the region later today.

Tropical Storm Man-Yi will continue moving west northwesterly before making a turn to the north by tomorrow. It will continue intensifying as well, and could still reach Typhoon intensity before it nears the main Japanese Islands as early as Sunday. The Ryukyu Islands could still be impacted, however, through this weekend.

We'll have another update later today.

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