Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 100713
Fitow has now weakened to a Tropical Storm after making landfall as a typhoon near the Fujian/Zhejiang border early this morning. The storm was last located approximately 120km west southwest of Wenzhou or about 180km north of Fuzhou. Maximum sustained winds are down to 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Fitow is moving west northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NOAA
Latest satellite image shows a rapidly weakening cyclone with deteriorating core moving over land. There is still some convection left and the circulation is still pretty much intact. However, Fitow should continue to weaken now that it is away from the water. The system made landfall early at dawn near the Fujian/Zhejiang border, passing just south of the city of Wenzhou. Fitow made landfall as a Category 1 Typhoon and brought winds of up to 140kph around the landfall point.
Radar Image from CMA
Fitow also brought moderate rains across the region and continues to do so as seen on the radar image above. Many areas in Fujian and Zhejiang Provinces are still reporting rains. Even cities as far north as Shanghai are reporting light rains. Up to 150mm have already been recorded in some parts and up to 100mm could still fall throughout today increasing the risk of flooding and landslides in many places. For the latest radar image and weather forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Website).
Tropical Storm Fitow should continue to rapidly weaken today. We expect the system to dissipate by as early as tonight. However, residual rains from the system might linger until tomorrow. This will be our final update on Tropical Storm Fitow.
We'll have a separate update on Typhoon Danas (Ramil) as it threatens to hit Okinawa.