Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 070715
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Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) continues to linger across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) this morning. The storm was last located approximately 240km northwest of Laoag or about 580km south southwest of Taipei. Maximum sustained winds remain at 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Linfa is moving northward at 10kph.
As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has issued a Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Ilocos Norte, Batanes, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, Northwest of Cagayan, and Apayao.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image show Tropical Storm Linfa meandering across the South China Sea. Convective activity remains rather strong this morning, despite being slightly displaced southwest of the low-level circulation center. Moderate easterly wind shear is hindering Linfa from intensifying but the storm is still managing to enhance light to moderate rains across the western coast of Luzon.
Tropical Storm Linfa will continue moving slowly to the north and will be moving very near Southern Taiwan tomorrow. Light to moderate rains are possible in the island. Increasingly unfavorable conditions will lead to further weakening and we expect Linfa to become a Tropical Depression by Thursday as it makes landfall in Guangdong Province in China.