Saturday, September 28, 2013

Typhoon Wutip Update #5

Issued (2330 UTC) 730am PhT 092913

Typhoon Wutip continues to intensify this morning as it slowly moves across the South China Sea. The center of Wutip was last located approximately 430km southeast of Haikou, Hainan or about 850km southeast of Hanoi, Vietnam. Maximum sustained winds are now at140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Wutip is moving westward at 15kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows uniform central dense overcast with strong convective activity and good radial outflow. Wutip intensified into a typhoon overnight and continues to show improvement this morning aided by weak wind shear and warm sea-surface temperatures in the region. It will likely continue to intensify today and could become a Category 2 later this afternoon.

Outer rain bands from Wutip should begin to impact Hainan Island later today. Furthermore, strong winds of up to 120kph are also possible especially along the southern coast of Hainan. Wutip will pass south of the island tonight and will continue heading westward towards Vietnam.

We are expecting landfall near Da Nang, Vietnam by early Monday morning. Wutip could make landfall as a strong Category 2 typhoon capable of bringing winds of up to 185kph as well as heavy rainfall along its path. Residents in and around Da Nang should continue to monitor the developments of this typhoon and should begin to prepare now, if possible.

We'll have another update later today.

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