Thursday, October 24, 2013

Typhoon Lekima Update #5

Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 102513

Lekima has weakened below Super Typhoon status as it moves east of the Ogasawara Islands (Bonin). The eye of Lekima was last located approximately 230km east southeast of Chichijima or about 1,120km south southeast of Tokyo. Maximum sustained winds are down to 205kph with gusts of up to 250kph. Typhoon Lekima is moving northward at 25kph.

IR Image from FNMOC

Latest satellite image shows the eye of Lekima is still pretty intact and the convection is still strong and very symmetrical in appearance. The system is currently undergoing another eyewall replacement cycle which is contributing to the slow weakening we're seeing this morning. Decreasing sea surface temperatures and increasing upper-level winds will lead to further weakening.

Typhoon Lekima will quickly move east of the Ogasawara Islands in the next few hours. Rough waves, gusty winds, and light rains will impact the islands and will last through the afternoon hours. Lekima will then turn northeastward towards the North Pacific. After the Ogasawara Islands, we're not expecting any major land areas to be impacted by this typhoon.

We'll have another update later today.

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