Issued (13 UTC) 9pm PhT 071015
Typhoon Chan-Hom is now moving across the East China Sea as it heads towards the Zhejiang Province. The eye of Chan-Hom was last located approximately 440km west northwest of Okinawa, Japan or about 450km southeast of Shanghai, China. Maximum sustained winds are at 195kph with gusts of up to 240kph. Typhoon Chan-Hom is currently moving northwestward at 25kph.
The China Meteorological Administration has issued a Red Typhoon Warning for Zhejiang, Orange Typhoon Warning for Shanghai, and Yellow Typhoon Warnings for Fujian and Jiangsu.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the eye of Chan-Hom has become better organized compared to yesterday. Convective activity has also become more consolidated as it has managed to stave off the dry air that was plaguing development in the past few days. Typhoon Chan-Hom moved near the Ryukyu Islands earlier this morning bringing wind gusts exceeding 180kph, along with high waves and heavy rains. Rain bands will linger across the islands, including Okinawa through this evening.
Typhoon Chan-Hom will continue moving northwestward and is forecast to make landfall in Zhejiang Province of Eastern China tomorrow morning (Saturday). Damaging winds of up to 180kph are possible along with widespread heavy rains. Chan-Hom will then turn northward and could directly move through Shanghai by Saturday evening as a Category 1 Typhoon. The metro region is forecast to experience typhoon conditions through Sunday morning.
If you live in the areas mentioned, including Shanghai, please heed the warnings of your local officials. Stay safe!