Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tropical Storm Higos Update #3 (FINAL)

Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 021115

Higos has now weakened from a Typhoon down to a Tropical Storm this morning. The system was last located approximately 920km northeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. TS Higos is moving west northwestward at 10kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows convective activity has rapidly waned in the past 12 hours. Higos attained a peak intensity equal to a Category 3 Typhoon last night. It has since rapidly weakened with the low-level center becoming fully exposed due to increasing wind shear.

Tropical Storm Higos is forecast to continue weakening over the next 24 hours as it moves north across the Pacific. It will transition into a mid-latitude cyclone and should pose no threat to land.

This will be our final update for Tropical Storm Higos. We'll continue to monitor the system for possible redevelopment. Otherwise, the rest of the Western Pacific is clear from any tropical cyclone.

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