Friday, February 28, 2014

Tropical Storm Faxai Update #2

Issued (02 UTC) 10am PhT 030114

Tropical Storm Faxai continues to struggle amidst the strong wind shear in the region. The storm was last located approximately 730km southeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Faxai is moving northeastward at 10kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the system continues to struggle developing. Despite the increase in convective activity, the low-level center remains partially exposed due to the strong vertical wind-shear. All other factors remain favorable such as the sea surface temperatures and overall moisture in the atmosphere.

We are expecting Tropical Storm Faxai to slowly intensify beginning tomorrow. We are not expecting direct impact for Guam and the Marianas Islands. However, the system may still move close enough to bring rains, gusty winds, and high waves for the islands.

Faxai will continue moving northeastward and should lose strength as it begins to move into cooler waters. By Thursday, the system is expected to become extra-tropical in the Pacific.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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