Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tropical Storm Meranti Update #4 (FINAL)

Issued (06 UTC) 2pm PhT 091516

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Tropical Storm Meranti continues to weaken as it moves further inland across Southern China. The storm's center was last located approximately 120km northwest of Xiamen. Maximum sustained winds are down to 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Meranti is currently moving north northwest at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows what once was a Super Typhoon, gradually dissipating over Fujian Province in China. Meranti made landfall earlier this morning as a Category 3 typhoon just east of Xiamen City. Wind gusts of up to 180kph were recorded in some places, along with continuous heavy rains.

Tropical Storm Meranti will continue weakening as it moves over land but will also continue bringing rains across much of Southeastern China for the next 24 to 48 hours. Rainfall accumulations of 200mm or more are still possible across Fujian, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang Provinces over the next few days.

This will be our final update on Tropical Storm Meranti.

IR Image from NOAA

Meanwhile, the other Tropical System we've been watching continues to march through the Philippine Sea today. Typhoon Malakas (Bagyong Gener) was last located approximately 730km east of Aparri. Maximum sustained winds are at 150kph with gusts of up to 185kph. The system is moving northwestward at 20kph.

Typhoon Malakas is not forecast to directly impact the Philippines as it is forecast to curve more to the northwest possibly towards Taiwan and the Southern Japanese Islands.

We'll have a more in-depth update on Malakas in a separate post.

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