Tropical Storm Pabuk brought wind and rain to southern Thailand on Friday. At 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday the center of Tropical Storm Pabuk was located at latitude 8.7°N and longitude 98.5°E which put it about 60 miles (95 km) northeast of Phuket, Thailand. Pabuk was moving toward the west-northwest at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 60 m.p.h. (95 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 997 mb.
Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall near Sichon in southern Thailand. Pabuk brought gusty winds to much of the Isthmus of Kra. It also dropped heavy rain over parts of southern Thailand. Tropical Storm Pabuk weakened when it crossed the Isthmus of Kra, but the core of the circulation appears to have remained intact. Pabuk is moving over the Andaman Sea and it still has a well defined low level center of circulation. Several bands of showers and thunderstorms are revolving around the core of the tropical storm. Additional bands of showers and thunderstorms are located in the northeastern part of the circulation which is over the Gulf of Thailand.
Tropical Storm Pabuk will move into an environment favorable for intensification during the next 24 to 36 hours. Pabuk will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 28°C. An upper level ridge over the Western North Pacific Ocean will produce southeasterly winds which will blow toward the top of the circulation. Those winds will cause moderate vertical wind shear, which will inhibit intensification. However, the wind shear may not be strong enough to prevent Tropical Storm Pabuk from strengthening.
Tropical Storm Pabuk will continue to move around the western end of the ridge over the Western North Pacific Ocean. The ridge will steer Pabuk toward the west-northwest for another 24 to 36 hours. Pabuk will turn more toward the north when it reaches the western end of the ridge. On its anticipated track Tropical Storm Pabuk will reach the Andaman Islands in about 36 hours.
Elsewhere over the Western North Pacific Ocean, Tropical Depression 01W formed southeast of the Marshall Islands. At 4:00 p.m. EST on Friday the center of Tropical Depression 01W was located at latitude 4.9°N and longitude 174.0°E which put it about 250 miles (400 km) southeast of Majuro, Marshall Islands. It was moving toward the northwest at 15 m.p.h. (24 km/h). The maximum sustained wind speed was 30 m.p.h. (50 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h). The minimum surface pressure was 1004 mb. Tropical Depression 01W is forecast to move toward the west-northwest and strengthen. On its anticipated track it could move toward Majuro, Kwajalein, Ujelang, and the Marianas.