Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Typhoon Halong (Jose) Update #16

Issued (11 UTC) 7pm PhT 080614

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Halong (Bagyong Jose) has slightly re-intensified today and is back to a Category 2 Typhoon. The system was last located approximately 450km southeast of Okinawa. Maximum sustained winds are at 155kph with gusts of up to 195kph. Typhoon Halong is moving north northeastward at 15kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the improvements with Halong's organization. The eye has reappeared and convection has increased and so is the banding. There is also ample poleward and equatorward outflow helping with the ventilation. High cirrus clouds are also nearing the Daito Islands as seen on the satellite and rain bands will soon follow in the next few hours.

Typhoon Halong will continue moving generally northward and will pass very near the Daito Islands by tomorrow morning. Winds of up to 160kph and very heavy rainfall will be possible in the islands.

Okinawa, Amami, and nearby islands in the Ryukyu will be spared of strong winds and heavy rains but may still experience unsettled weather over the next 24 to 48 hours. After that, Halong will move towards Kyushu and Shikoku by Friday and Saturday bringing dangerous typhoon conditions in the region.Even parts of Honshu, including the cities of Osaka and Nagoya, will feel stormy conditions this weekend.

We'll have another update tomorrow.

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