Issued (2330 UTC) 730am PhT 080214
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Halong has rapidly intensified overnight into a Category 1 Typhoon! The system was last located approximately 600km north northwest of Yap or about 860km north northeast of Palau. Maximum sustained winds are now at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Halong is moving westward at 15kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Halong looking more symmetrical this morning. The system has rapidly intensified as wind shear has slightly weakened and radial outflow has become more robust. An eye is also trying to become more organized. We expect continued intensification over the next few days as conditions remain favorable.
Typhoon Halong should turn more to the northwest this weekend. It will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by tomorrow and will be given the local name "Bagyong Jose". However, we don't expect Halong to directly impact the Philippines. Instead, the system may threaten the Japanese Islands in the Ryukyu and Kyushu Areas by the middle of next week.
We'll have another update later today.