Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 021015
Higos has intensified into a Typhoon last night and continues to show signs of strengthening as it moves across the middle of the Pacific. The system was last located approximately 1,050km east of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Higos is moving northwestward at 10kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows a uniform central dense overcast with strong convective activity and good radial outflow. An eye is also starting to appear and we won't be surprised if Higos strengthens into a Category 2 (or even stronger) typhoon later today. The system is still in a favorable environment over the next 12 to 24 hours.
As we've said in our previous update, Typhoon Higos should not be a threat to any land. The system is forecast to continue moving northwestward and should start to weaken by tomorrow as increasing upper-level winds will take a toll in its structure. Higos should, then, turn northward avoiding the Northern Mariana Islands.
We'll have another update tomorrow.