Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 072114
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Typhoon Matmo (Bagyong Henry) maintains strength as it moves east of Luzon. The system was last located approximately 520km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or about 1,020km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are still at 130kph with gusts of up to 165kph. Typhoon Matmo is moving north northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image suggest that Typhoon Matmo may be starting to show signs of intensification again. The convective activity remains but it also appears that the eyewall may be starting to take shape. We could see an eye form later this afternoon. The wind shear has weakened slightly and the warm waters of the Philippine Sea should help fuel intensification.
Scattered light to moderate rains will continue to impact Luzon today. The rains will be heavier across Northern Luzon, particularly in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela. For the latest radar images from the Philippines, please click HERE (ClimateX PH)
Typhoon Matmo will continue moving north northwestward. We should see intensification continue over the next 24 to 36 hours. Current forecasts shows Matmo moving towards Taiwan by Tuesday morning as a possible Category3 Typhoon. Heavy rains, strong winds, and the storm surge will be threatening Taiwan as the system moves ashore.
We'll have another update later this afternoon.