Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) Update #8

Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 091514

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Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) has weakened to a Tropical Storm as it exits the island of Luzon. The system was last located approximately 150km west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte or about 270km north northwest of Dagupan City, Pangasinan. Maximum sustained winds are at 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. Tropical Storm Kalmaegi is moving west northwestward at 30kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Ilocos Norte.

Signal #2 for Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, and Ilocos Sur.

Signal #1 for Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, and Batanes Group of Islands.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Kalmaegi being disrupted as it crossed the island of Luzon. Convection remains strong, however, and we are starting to see signs that Kalmaegi is beginning to recover over the South China Sea. Strong winds and heavy rains continue to pound western portions of Luzon but should begin to taper off later this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Kalmaegi will continue moving quickly to the northwest today and weather conditions should start to improve across Luzon later this afternoon. The system is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility later today. Kalmaegi will move well south of Hong Kong but may still bring rains and gusty winds in the region. We are forecasting Kalmaegi to make landfall in Guangdong Province in Southern China by tomorrow morning (Tuesday) as a strong Typhoon.

We'll have another update later today.

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