Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Typhoon Matmo (Henry) Update #8 (w/ Video)

Issued (11 UTC) 7pm PhT 072214

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Please watch our Video Update below for the latest in-depth analysis and forecast for Typhoon Matmo.

Typhoon Matmo (Bagyong Henry) has slightly intensified as it moves ever closer to Taiwan. The system was last located approximately 230km north northeast of Basco, Batanes or about 300km south southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are at 155kph with gusts of up to 195kph making Matmo a Category 2 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Matmo is currently moving north northwestward at 25kph.

PAGASA has issued Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands and Signal #1 for Calayan and Babuyan Islands. Meanwhile, Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan has issued a Sea and Land Typhoon Warning for the entire region. Extremely Heavy Rain Advisories have also been issued across the counties in Taiwan. Please heed the warnings of your local officials and stay safe!

Radar Image from CWB

Latest radar image from Central Weather Bureau shows the eye of Matmo moving closer to Taiwan. Bands of light to moderate rains are already affecting Taitung and Hualien Counties. Heavy rains will continue moving from the east and will encompass the entire island by tonight. We expect anywhere from 300 to 500mm of rain to fall in the next 24 hours. Some locations may see up to 800mm which will bring widespread landslides and flooding across the low-lying areas.

For the latest radar images and warnings from Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB Website)

Typhoon Matmo will exit into the Taiwan Strait by tomorrow morning (Wednesday) and will make landfall in Fujian Province in China by tomorrow afternoon. It will rapidly weaken as it moves further inland into China but it will still bring widespread rains in the region.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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