Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 062215
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After nearly a month of inactivity, we're back to tracking tropical cyclones in the Western Pacific Basin. Tropical Storm Kujira is the eight-named cyclone in the basin this year and is threatening Southern China, particularly the island of Hainan. The center of Kujira was last located approximately 260km southeast of the city of Haikou. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Kujira is moving north northwestward at 10kph.
IR Image from NOAA
Latest satellite image shows strong convective activity near the center of circulation. There hasn't been much change with the intensity of Kujira as wind shear in the South China Sea is keeping the cyclone in check. Nevertheless, Kujira is still bringing widespread rains across the region and will linger for the next few days.
Tropical Storm Kujira is forecast to make landfall in the island of Hainan later tonight. Widespread moderate rains will continue across the region and will even affect parts of Northern Vietnam. The remnants of Kujira will continue pushing northward towards the province of Guangxi with the threat of rainfall lingering through early in the week.
We'll have another update later tonight.