Friday, July 18, 2014

Super Typhoon Rammasun and TS Matmo (Henry) Video Update

Issued (1030 UTC) 630pm PhT 071814

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Rammasun has rapidly intensified into a Category 4 Super Typhoon this afternoon and has made landfall in Hainan Island. China Meteorological Administration confirmed landfall in Wenchang with recorded winds of 180kph to 220kph! The eye of Rammasun is now moving into Leizhou Peninsula but is affecting the whole region especially Hainan Island and coastal areas of Guangdong Province.

Watch our latest Video Update below for more info.

Radar from CMA

 Latest radar image from Hainan shows the eye remains perfectly symmetrical with very heavy rains in the eyewall. Winds of 160kph continue to be reported in Haikou and up to 200kph in nearby areas. These winds are catastrophic and will do significant damages to many buildings and infrastructure. Even Leizhou Peninsula is experiencing dangerous conditions with strong winds, heavy rains, and significant storm surge especially in the city of Zhanjiang.

For the latest radar images and warnings from China, please click HERE

Super Typhoon Rammasun will continue battering Hainan and Leizhou over the next 12 hours as it moves northwestward into Gulf of Tonkin. Rammasun is forecast to make landfall in Guangxi Province tomorrow afternoon and then move towards Northern Vietnam. The threat for strong winds and heavy rains will shift westward overtime.

IR Image from NOAA

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Matmo (Bagyong Henry) continues to slowly develop as it moves slowly across the Philippine Sea. This system will continue moving northwestward over the next few days. Some agencies are expecting Matmo to become a typhoon by early next week. So far, the consensus is taking Matmo well east of the Philippines but it can still impact the country as it enhances the Southwest Monsoon.

We'll have more updates on these two Tropical Cyclones tomorrow morning.

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