Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 050114
Tropical Storm Tapah is now weakening rapidly as it moves across the Pacific. The storm center was last located approximately 620km north of Saipan. Maximum sustained winds have weakened to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Tapah is moving northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows that convection associated with Tropical Storm Tapah is almost gone. Furthermore, the increasing upper-level winds have left the low-level circulation center fully exposed. Aside from the strong winds, sea surface temperatures are also becoming too cold to support cyclone intensity.
Tropical Storm Tapah will continue weakening and should dissipate within the next 24 hours. It will continue moving northward across the Pacific and shouldn't be a threat to land anymore.
This will be our final update on Tapah.