Thursday, July 17, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun Update #15

Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 071814

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Rammasun (formerly Bagyong Glenda) has rapidly intensified overnight into a Category 4 Typhoon! The system is nearing the island of Hainan and was last located approximately 230km southeast of Haikou or about 380km southwest of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are now at 220kph with gusts of up to 270kph. Typhoon Rammasun is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

China Meteorological Administration has issued Orange Warning along the southern coast (Guangxi and Guangdong) for the approaching Typhoon. If you live in these areas, please adhere to the warnings from your local officials!

IR Image from NRLMRY

Typhoon Rammasun has developed into a very dangerous cyclone that will threaten parts of Southern China, especially the island of Hainan. The system has rapidly evolved in the past 24 hours with a perfectly symmetrical eye surrounded by strong and deep convective activity. Rammasun is currently stronger than it was when it made landfall in Luzon a few days ago.

Radar Image from CMA

Latest radar image from China shows the eye of Rammasun approaching the region. Bands of light to moderate rains are starting to affecting Hainan and other parts of Guangdong Province. Some places are also starting to record winds of up to 100kph. We expect conditions to rapidly deteriorate this morning, especially along the coast.

For the latest radar images and forecasts for China, please click HERE (CMA Website)

Typhoon Rammasun is forecast to make landfall in Hainan Island in the next 6 hours and will bring damaging winds and widespread heavy rains in the region. There is also a high threat for storm surge along the coast. The eye will cross Leizhou Peninsula and will bring winds of up to 200kph in many places. It will then weaken slightly as it moves into the Gulf of Tonkin by tonight and will move towards Northern Vietnam by tomorrow morning.

We'll have another update later today. Stay safe!

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