Sunday, September 14, 2014

Typhoon Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) Update #7 (LANDFALL)

Issued (16 UTC) 12am PhT 091514

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Typhoon Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) has made landfall in the island of Luzon earlier this afternoon and continues to move across the region. The system was last located approximately 10km northeast of Laoag, Ilocos Norte; 140km northwest of Tuguegarao, Cagayan; or about 200km north of Baguio City. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Kalmaegi is moving west northwestward at 30kph.

As of 11pm this evening, here are the latest Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA:
Signal #3: Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, and Ilocos Sur.

Signal #2: Batanes Group of Islands, Isabela, Ifugao, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, and Pangasinan.

Signal #1: Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, and Aurora.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the central dense overcast of Typhoon Kalmaegi covering much of Northern Luzon. The strong central convection is now moving across Ilocos Norte (near the city of Laoag) and will soon move into the waters of the South China Sea. Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) made landfall near the towns of Maconacon and Divilacan in Isabela Province around 5pm this afternoon. It then crossed into Cagayan, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and right now is moving across Ilocos Norte.

Radar Image from Subic (ClimateX PH)

While the heaviest rains are currently impacting Northern Luzon, parts of Central and Southern Luzon are also seeing moderate to heavy rains tonight. Latest radar image from Subic, courtesy of PAGASA, shows bands of heavy rains moving into the region. Rainfall amounts of 100 to 200mm are possible overnight which could trigger numerous landslides and flash floods. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts, please click HERE (ClimateX PH Website)

Typhoon Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) will exit Luzon in a couple of hours. However, strong winds and heavy rains will continue across Northern Luzon through the evening and morning hours of Monday. Parts of Central and Southern Luzon will also continue to see unsettled weather through tomorrow due to the Southwest Monsoon. Weather conditions across the Philippines should start to improve by Monday evening.

Typhoon Kalmaegi will continue to track west northwestward and should re-intensify over the open waters. It will pass south of Hong Kong but may still bring rains and gusty winds in the region. Kalmaegi is forecast to make landfall in Guangdong Province in Southern China by Tuesday morning.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!

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