Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tropical Storm Linfa (Egay) Update #9

Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 070815

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Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is now moving towards Southern China. The storm center was last located approximately 420km northwest of Laoag City or about 460km east southeast of Hong Kong. Maximum sustained winds are at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Linfa is currently moving north northwestward at 10kph.

PAGASA has now dropped all Public Storm Warning Signals for the Philippines.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Linfa continuing to linger across the South China Sea. The system slightly intensified overnight with strong convection firing within the low-level center.This intensification is expected to be brief, however, as dry air and increasing vertical wind shear will lead to weakening before the storm makes landfall.

Tropical Storm Linfa is no longer forecast to move into Taiwan. Instead, the storm is now forecast to make landfall in Guangdong Province in Southern China early tomorrow morning (Thursday). Widespread rains and strong winds should be expected along the coast. Even Hong Kong may see scattered rain showers due to Linfa by Thursday and Friday.

Despite Linfa (Egay) moving away from the Philippines, the system is still enhancing the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) which will continue bringing scattered rain showers across the country. It may even get worse as the approaching Typhoon Chan-Hom (Bagyong Falcon) moves across the Philippine Sea. With that said, rainy weather may dominate parts of Luzon and Visayas over the next few days.

We'll have a separate update for Typhoon Chan-Hom (Falcon) later this morning.

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