Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Mario) Update #6

Issued (2230 UTC) 630am PhT 092114

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (Bagyong Mario) has slightly overnight as it nears Southern Taiwan. The system was last located approximately 230km northwest of Basco, Batanes or about 420km south southwest of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. TS Fung-Wong is moving north northeastward at 15kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands. Signal #1 for Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows more improvements with Fung-Wong's organization. Banding has improve and convective activity remains strong as well. Microwave analysis also reveals a weak eye-feature beginning to form in the circulation center. Winds of up to 80kph are also beginning to be reported across Southern Taiwan. Conditions will go downhill today as Fung-Wong makes landfall later this morning.

Radar Image from CWB

Latest radar image from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau showing Tropical Storm Fung-Wong's eye-like feature moving towards the island. Heavy rains will begin from the south and will spread towards the north later today. There could be as much as 300mm of rain falling in some areas which will cause flooding and landslides. Please heed the warnings of your local officials! For the latest radar images, weather warnings, and forecasts for Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB Website)

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong is forecast to make landfall in Southern Taiwan later this morning. It will track northward across the island and will severely weaken along the way. Heavy rains will linger across Taiwan and may also affect Fujian Province in China. Fung-Wong will emerge into the East China Sea by tomorrow morning and then possibly move towards Eastern China after.

We'll have another update later today.

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