Friday, September 27, 2013

Tropical Storm Wutip (Paolo) Update #2

Issued (1230 UTC) 830pm PhT 092713

Tropical Depression 20W has intensified into Tropical Storm Wutip as it continues to move across the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea. TS Wutip (Bagyong Paolo) is now leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was last located approximately 650km northwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are now at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Wutip is moving west northwestward at 10kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Wutip continuing to show improvements today with convective banding wrapping around the low-level center. Outflow also continue to improve especially towards the north. Wutip remains in an area of weak wind shear and warm sea surface temperature which is allowing the system to steadily intensify today.

Tropical Storm Wutip is forecast to move generally westward under the influence of a sub-tropical ridge in China. It will also continue intensifying and could become a Typhoon in two days' time. By Monday, the system will move towards Vietnam bringing rains and strong winds in the region.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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