Issued (0030 UTC) 830am PhT 071115
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Typhoon Chan-Hom is now nearing the coast of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. The eye of Chan-Hom was last located approximately 320km south-southeast of Shanghai, China or about 560km west northwest of Okinawa, Japan. Maximum sustained winds are down to 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. Typhoon Chan-Hom is currently moving northwestward at 15kph.
The China Meteorological Administration has issued a Red Typhoon Warning for Zhejiang while Yellow Typhoon Warnings are issued for Jiangsu and Shanghai.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Typhoon Chan-Hom nearing the Chinese Coast. Convection has weakened and the eyewall has also eroded especially along the northwestern quadrant. However, the eye itself remains intact and there is still plenty of outflow which is slowing down the intensification. Despite the weakening, strong winds of up to 180kph have been reported along the coast. Chan-Hom is still a highly dangerous typhoon and will still be a threat across the region.
Radar Image from CMA
Latest radar image out of Eastern China shows the eye of Chan-Hom nearing the coast. Bands of light to moderate rains have begun impacting parts of Zhejiang last night. Many areas have already recorded more than 200mm of rainfall with the potential for 100mm more falling throughout today. Even Shanghai (red star on the image above) is already seeing the rainbands from Chan-Hom.
For the latest radar images and weather warnings for China, please click HERE (CMA Website)
Typhoon Chan-Hom will continue moving northwestward and should brush the coast in the next few hours. It will be moving near Shanghai later this evening, weakening down to a Category1 typhoon by that time. With that said, strong winds of up to 120kph and heavy rains should still be expected across Shanghai and nearby areas through tomorrow morning. Chan-Hom will, then, turn northeastward towards the Yellow Sea and eventually the Korean Peninsula.
We'll have another update later tonight. Please heed the warnings of your local officials and as always, stay safe!