Monday, December 26, 2016

Tropical Storm Nock-ten (Nina) Update #5

Issued (02 UTC) 10am PhT 122716

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Tropical Storm Nock-ten (Bagyong Nina) is now moving away from the Philippines after leaving a trail of destruction in the islands. The storm center was last located approximately 500km west of Manila. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph. TS Nock-ten is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.

All Public Storm Warning Signals in the Philippines have been dropped by PAGASA. At least 6 people are confirmed dead in the Philippines due to the typhoon. Furthermore, 3 provinces have been placed under a State of Calamity due to the widespread damage brought by Nina (Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Albay).

IR Image from NOAA

Latest satellite image shows convective activity is still going strong as Tropical Storm Nock-ten moves across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). However, the core definitely took a hit as it crossed the Philippine Islands yesterday. We expect continued weakening from here on out due to cold air surge from North Asia, as well as increasing wind shear in the region.

Nock-ten (Nina) should exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility with the country having much improved weather over the next few days.

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