Monday, July 21, 2014

Typhoon Matmo (Henry) Update #7 (w/ Video)

Issued (11 UTC) 7pm PhT 072114

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Watch our latest Video Update below for the complete analysis and forecasts for Typhoon Matmo.

Typhoon Matmo (Bagyong Henry) continues to track closer towards Taiwan. The storm center was last located approximately 460km east of Aparri, Cagayan or about 850km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds remain at 130kph with gusts of up to 165kph. Typhoon Matmo is moving north northwestward at 30kph.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands. Signal #1 for Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image continues to show improvements with convection wrapping around the center now. The central dense overcast is also more symmetrical this afternoon. The wind shear continues to weaken and this is allowing Matmo to finally improve its structure. We'll likely see intensification occur tonight and continue into tomorrow morning.

Cagayan Province and the islands north of Luzon will be dealing with some scattered light to moderate rains and gusty winds. The center will move near the Batanes Islands tomorrow morning and we expect stormy conditions to occur there.

Typhoon Matmo is forecast to make landfall in Northern Taiwan by tomorrow afternoon and then move near Taipei by the evening. Strong winds of up to 160kph are possible along with heavy rains of up to 500mm. Flooding and landslides, especially in mountainous regions, are possible.

Matmo is, then, forecast to move into Eastern China bringing the same threat there later this week.

We'll have another update tomorrow.

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