Issued (0430 UTC) 1230pm PhT 091514
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Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) has re-intensified into a Typhoon as it continues to move across the South China (West Philippine Sea). The system was last located approximately 380km west of Laoag City or about 530km southeast of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Kalmaegi is moving westward at 30kph.
As of 11am this morning, PAGASA has dropped Public Storm Warning Signals 3 and 2. However, Signal #1 is still in effect for Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, and Pangasinan.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Kalmaegi beginning to re-intensify as it is now back into the open waters. Banding has resumed and convective activity remains strong, especially near the center. We expect continued intensification as Kalmaegi moves westward.
Hong Kong and parts of Southern China will soon feel the effects of Kalmaegi. Bands of light to moderate rains, along with gusty winds and rough surf, will affect the coast beginning later this afternoon. The strongest winds will stay offshore today but is forecast to impact Guangdong Province as the Kalmaegi makes landfall there early tomorrow morning (Tuesday). It will move near the island of Hainan as a strong Typhoon and then into Northern Vietnam by Tuesday evening and into Wednesdsay.
Weather conditions in the Philippines should continue to improve now that Typhoon Kalmaegi is moving away.
We'll have another update later this evening.