Issued (1330 UTC) 930pm PhT 070115
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom continues to intensify as it moves across the Pacific. The storm center was last located approximately 560km northwest of the island of Pohnpei or about 1,200km east southeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds are now at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Chan-Hom is moving west northwestward at 25kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows strong convective activity continuing to build around the circulation. Wind shear is also starting to abate and we can see the low-level center starting to move in under the cloud overcast. Favorable conditions in the region will promote steady intensification through the next few days.
Computer models and forecast tracks from different agencies in the region continue to show a generally westward movement for Tropical Storm Chan-Hom. Steady intensification is likely and a high chance that the Chan-Hom attains Typhoon-strength later this week. Chan-Hom is forecast to move near the Mariana Islands, including Guam, this weekend.
Residents in the region are advised to continue monitoring the latest developments for Chan-Hom.