Issued (03 UTC) 11am PhT 062415
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Tropical Storm Kujira has now made landfall in Northern Vietnam. The circulation center was last located approximately 80km southeast of Hanoi. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. Tropical Storm Kujira is currently moving west northwestward at 10kph.
IR Image from NOAA
Latest satellite image shows the convective activity associated with Tropical Storm Kujira is now pushing inland towards parts of Vietnam and Laos. The circulation center is still very much intact and the storm is still maintaining good structure. Nevertheless, we expect Kujira to rapidly weaken as it moves over land.
Radar Image from NCHMF
Latest radar image from Vietnam courtesy of the the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting shows the bands of light to moderate rain associated with TS Kujira are continuing to push northwestward including into the city of Hanoi. Some areas are already seeing up to 100mm of rainfall this morning and we expect the heavy rains to continue through the next 24 hours. Even parts of Laos may see high rainfall amounts as Kujira continues to spin in the region.
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Unsettled weather will prevail across the region for the next 24 to 48 hours. Kujira is expected to disintegrate by tomorrow although its remnants will still bring rain showers for the said areas.