Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tropical Storm Halong Update #6

Issued (1130 UTC) 730pm PhT 073114

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Tropical Storm Halong is starting to show some improvements today as wind shear weakens in the region. The storm was last located approximately 480km west northwest of Guam or about 540km west of Saipan. Maximum sustained winds remain at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Halong is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows convective activity has increased and become more expansive. The low-level center which was fully exposed earlier this morning is now under the cloud canopy, suggesting that the upper-level winds are finally starting to relax. We could see further intensification happen tonight.

Tropical Storm Halong will continue moving west northwestward across the Philippine Sea over the next few days. It will then start turning more to the northwest and then to the north by early next week. Long-range forecasts suggest that Halong may impact the Japanese Islands by the middle part of next week.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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