Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tropical Storm 23W (Seniang) Update #3

Issued (22 UTC) 6am PhT 122914

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TD 23W (Bagyong Seniang) has intensified into a Tropical Storm this morning and could make landfall in the next few hours. The storm center was last located approximately 65km southeast of Tandag City or about 160km southeast of Surigao City. Maximum sustained winds are up to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. Tropical Storm 23W is moving west northwestward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Bohol, Siquijor, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin.

Signal #1 for Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Dinagat Province, Compostela Valley, Northern part of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Zamboanga del Norte.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows strong convective activity in and around the low-level circulation center. Banding has improved and the overall organization of the storm has become more consolidated overnight. Due to the proximity of land, we don't expect any significant intensification although Seniang will likely keep its tropical storm intensity as it makes landfall later this morning.

Radar Image from PAGASA

Latest radar image from Hinatuan courtesy of PAGASA shows bands of light to moderate rains, with pockets of heavy rains, continuing to overspread Mindanao. Many areas have already received more than 100mm of rain and some areas have even reported receiving more than 200mm of rain in the past 36 hours. Unfortunately, rains will continue for the next 48 hours. We expect an additional 100 to 200mm of rain which will increase the likelihood of flash floods and landslides in storm-prone areas.

For the latest radar images and forecasts from PAGASA, please click HERE (PROJECT NOAH)

We urge everyone to please continue closely monitoring the developments of this storm. If you live in low-lying areas and near bodies of water, please coordinate with your local officials for possible evacuation.

We'll have another update later today. Stay safe!

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