Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tropical Storm Chan-Hom Update #15

Issued (15 UTC) 11pm PhT 071215

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Chan-Hom has weakened to a Tropical Storm as it nears the Korean Peninsula. The storm center was last located approximately 160km west of Seoul, South Korea. Maximum sustained winds are at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Chan-Hom is moving north northeastward at 35kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Tropical Storm Chan-Hom continues to weaken as it rapidly tracks to the northeast. The low-level circulation center is now fully exposed and any convection along the southwestern quadrant has disappeared. Nevertheless, Chan-Hom is still bringing gusty winds of up to 80kph along the western coast of South Korea.

Radar Image from KMA

Aside from the winds, rainfall accumulations of up to 200mm were still being reported up and down the peninsula. Latest radar image above shows much of the rains are now over North Korea. We expect rains to linger through tomorrow before slowly dissipating and/or moving eastward.

For the latest radar images and forecasts for South Korea, please click HERE (KMA Website)

Tropical Storm Chan-Hom will continue tracking quickly to the northeast and should make landfall in North Korea in the next 2 to 3 hours. It is forecast to rapidly weaken and eventually dissipate as it crosses the peninsula.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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