Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 112914
Tropical Storm Sinlaku (Formerly Bagyong Queenie) continues to slowly intensify as it nears the Vietnamese Coast. The system was last located approximately 600km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Maximum sustained winds are now at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. TS Sinlaku is moving west northwestward at 25kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the central dense overcast continuing to improve with strong convective activity and tight banding wrapping around the low-level center. Further analysis reveals that an eyewall is trying to form. There is a small possibility of Sinlaku reaching typhoon-strength before it makes landfall in Vietnam later tonight.
Tropical Storm Sinlaku will continue moving westward and could make landfall near the cities of Ninh Hoa and Quy Nonh in Central Vietnam. Heavy rains, strong winds, and high waves will begin battering the coast later this afternoon reaching peak during the evening hours as Sinlaku makes landfall. It will rapidly weaken as it moves over land but will continue to spread rains across Southern Vietnam and parts of Cambodia, Laos, and even Thailand.
We'll have another update later tonight.