Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tropical Storm Linfa (Egay) Update #7

Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 070615

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Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) continues to move slowly across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) this morning. The storm center was last located approximately 150km northwest of Laoag City or about 500km north northwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Linfa is currently moving northward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Batanes, Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and Abra. Signal #1 is in effect for Pangasinan, Isabela, Benguet, La Union, Mt. Province, and Ifugao.

VIS Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the low-level circulation center of TS Linfa has been left fully exposed after crossing the island of Luzon last night. Much of the convection is displaced west of the center. Nevertheless, we are still seeing sporadic light to moderate rains associated with the southerly inflow of Linfa.

Provinces in Northern Luzon, particularly in Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos, received as much as 150mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours causing widespread flooding and landslides. Unfortunately, wet weather will continue for the region, albeit at a lower intensity than yesterday.

Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) will continue moving slowly to the north and will be heading towards Taiwan. We are expecting the system to make landfall in the island sometime Thursday evening or Friday morning.

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