Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 072115
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We've been watching a Tropical Cyclone that has been moving across the Pacific for the past week now and this morning, it has rapidly intensified into a Typhoon. Halola's center was last located approximately 320km southeast of Iwo To (Iwo Jima), Japan. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Halola is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.
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Typhoon Halola originally formed in the Central Pacific and crossed the International Date Line into the Western Pacific Basin. Halola actually weakened to a Tropical Depression before re-intensifying overnight. The system is slowly developing an eyewall with moderate convection surrounding the center. There is also ample outflow helping the intensification. Marginal environment will promote further intensification in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Typhoon Halola is forecast to continue moving generally west northwestward and may possibly intensify into a Category 2 Typhoon. Halola is forecast to impact Mainland Japan this weekend as a strong tropical storm.
We'll have another update later tonight.