Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Typhoon Halola Update #2

Issued (04 UTC) 12pm PhT 072215

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Typhoon Halola has further intensified overnight as it continues to move across the Pacific. The storm center was last located approximately 260km southwest of Iwo To (Iwo Jima), Japan. Maximum sustained winds are now at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Halola is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.

VIS Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows slight improvements with the storm structure this morning. The convection has become more organized and symmetrical. While the eye hasn't exactly been impressive lately, one can still make out the center by looking at the satellite. Halola is starting to move into a region of dry air and cooler sea surface temperatures. However, good equatorward outflow will keep the system in typhoon intensity for at least another 12 to 24 hours.

Typhoon Halola should keep moving in a west to west northwesterly direction through tomorrow before it starts to turn more to the north. Halola may also move close enough to the Southern Japanese Islands to bring mild stormy weather by Friday. By this weekend, Halola is forecast to weaken to a Tropical Storm before it impacts Mainland Japan, beginning with the island of Kyushu.

We'll have another update tomorrow. If you are in the areas that are forecast to affected by Halola, please keep updated with the progress of this storm and as always, heed the warnings and bulletins of your local officials!

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