Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 051615
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Typhoon Dolphin has rapidly intensified this morning as it pulls away from the Northern Mariana Islands. The eye of Typhoon Dolphin was last located approximately 420km northwest of Guam or about 440km east of Saipan. Maximum sustained winds are now at 215kph with gusts of up to 260kph making Dolphin a Category 4 Typhoon. It is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.
The National Weather Service has dropped all Typhoon Warnings in the Mariana Islands. However, a High Surf Advisory is still in effect in the region as the large circulation from Typhoon Dolphin is still bringing rough sea conditions in the area.
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VIS Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the impressive structure of Typhoon Dolphin. An eye is well visible and convective activity surrounding the center is also looking strong and organized. Dolphin is expected to intensify even more in the next 24 to 48 hours as outflow channels will remain favorable as well as the sea surface temperatures in the area.
NWS Forecast Track
Thankfully, Typhoon Dolphin is not expected to affect any land areas in the near term. Latest forecast track from the National Weather Service shows Dolphin curving north and moving northeastward across the Pacific. However, it may impact Iwo To (Iwo Jima) and the rest of the Ogasawara Islands (home to nearly 4000 people) early next week. It is still too early to pinpoint the exact impacts for the islands. However, expect strong winds, high surf, and light to moderate rains to impact the archipelago by Monday and into Tuesday.
We'll have another update tomorrow.