Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tropical Depression 90W (Zoraida) Update #5

Issued (05 UTC) 1pm PhT 111313

NOTE: The people of the Philippines, especially in Visayas where millions have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, still need your help. If you want to donate to the storm victims, please visit the Philippine Red Cross website below, thank you!

Tropical Depression 90W (Zoraida) is now crossing the northern portion of the island of Palawan. The center of the depression was last located approximately 180km north northeast of Puerto Princesa City. Maximum sustained winds remain at 45kph with gusts of up to 65kph. TD 90W is moving westward at 30kph.

Since PAGASA is not considering 90W a Tropical Depression, there are no Signal Warnings issued anywhere. However, the agency is warning for possible flooding and landslides across Palawan and nearby islands.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows convection flaring up near the center of 90W. However, we haven't really seen any substantial improvements regarding its organization and that is why every agency is keeping it at Tropical Depression status. Nevertheless, there is definitely plenty of rain associated with this system and much of which is falling in Palawan.

Radar from ClimateX PH

We expect around 50mm to 100mm of rain across parts of Palawan through the afternoon hours. Rains are also falling across Southern Luzon and the island of Mindoro as can be seen in the radar image above. Thankfully, much of Visayas is having calm and dry weather which is big help in the ongoing relief efforts in what is turning out to be a humanitarian crisis due to Super Typhoon Haiyan.

For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts, click HERE (ClimateX PH)

Tropical Depression 90W will continue moving westward and should reach the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea later tonight. It might try to intensify slightly as it reaches the open waters but the system should be moving out of the Philippines by that point. TD 90W may impact Central Vietnam this weekend as a weak Tropical Storm.

We'll have another update later today.

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