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Tropical Storm Pabuk Forms Over South China Sea

Tropical Storm Pabuk formed over the South China Sea near Pulau Laut on Tuesday.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday the center of Tropical Storm Pabuk was located at latitude 5.9°N and longitude 108.2°E which put it about 675 miles (1090 km) east-southeast of Chumphon, Thailand.  Pabuk was moving toward the west at 6 m.p.h. (10 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1000 mb.

More thunderstorms developed near the western side of the center of Tropical Depression 36W and the Japan Meteorological Agency designated the system as Tropical Storm Pabuk.  The distribution of thunderstorms around Tropical Storm Pabuk was asymmetrical.  Many of the stronger thunderstorms were occurring west of the center of circulation.  Pabuk was near the western end of a subtropical ridge over the Western North Pacific Ocean.  The ridge was producing southeasterly winds which were blowing toward the top of the circulation.  Those winds were causing moderate vertical wind shear and they were inhibiting upper level divergence to the west of Tropical Storm Pabuk.  The wind shear was also probably causing the asymmetrical distribution of thunderstorms.  Several bands of showers and thunderstorms were located on the northern periphery of Pabuk.

Tropical Storm Pabuk will move through an environment somewhat favorable for intensification.  Pabuk will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 28°C.  The upper level ridge over the Western North Pacific will continue to cause vertical wind shear, but the strength of the upper level winds could weaken slightly.  Wind shear will inhibit intensification, but Tropical Storm Pabuk is likely to strengthen during the next 24 to 48 hours.

The ridge over the Western North Pacific will steer Tropical Storm Pabuk toward the west-northwest during the next several days.  On its anticipated track Pabuk could approach southern Thailand in 48 to 60 hours.

Tropical Depression 35W Drops Heavy Rain on the Philippines

Tropical Depression 35W dropped heavy rain on parts of the Philippines on Friday.  At 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday the center of Tropical Depression 35W was located at latitude 10.7°N and longitude 127.3°E which put it about 135 miles (215 km) east of Tacloban, Philippines.  It was moving toward the west at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1001 mb.

The distribution of rain around Tropical Depression 35W was asymmetrical.  Most of the heavy rain was falling in thunderstorms northwest of the center of circulation.  A few thunderstorms were developing northeast of the center, but most of the bands in the rest of the tropical depression consisted of showers and lower clouds.  Tropical Depression 35W was located southwest of a strong subtropical ridge over the Western North Pacific Ocean.  The ridge was producing strong upper level winds which were blowing from the east-southeast.  Those winds were blowing across the top of the tropical depression and they were causing strong vertical wind shear.  The strong wind shear was the reason why most of the heavy rain was falling northwest of the center of circulation.

Tropical Depression 35W will move through an environment marginally favorable for intensification.  It will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 29°C.  The subtropical ridge will continue to cause vertical wind shear.  However, the tropical depression could move under slightly weaker upper level winds when it moves a little farther to the west.  If it moves under weaker upper level winds, then Tropical Depression 35W could strengthen into a tropical storm.

The subtropical ridge will steer Tropical Depression 35W westward for another 24 to 36 hours.  When the depression moves west of the Philippines, it will encounter strong northeasterly winds blowing around a high pressure system over Asia.  Those winds will steer Tropical Depression 35W toward the southwest when it moves over the South China Sea.

Tropical Depression 35W will drop heavy rain over parts of the Philippines.  The heaviest rain is likely to fall over Samar, Cebu, Bohoi, Panay, Mindoro and the southeastern part of Luzon.  The heavy rain will cause flash floods, and mudslides could occur in regions of steeper terrain.

Usagi Strengthens to a Typhoon East of Southern Vietnam

Former Tropical Storm Usagi strengthened into a typhoon east of southern Vietnam on Friday night.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Friday the center of Typhoon Usagi was located at latitude 9.6°N and longitude 109.2°E which put it about 205 miles (335 km) east-southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Usagi was moving toward the west-southwest at 10 m.p.h. (16 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 80 m.p.h. (130 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 977 mb.

A small circular eye was visible at the center of Typhoon Usagi on both conventional and microwave satellite imagery.  The eye was surrounded by a ring of strong thunderstorms and the strongest winds were occurring in that ring of storms.  Several bands of showers and thunderstorms were revolving around the core of Typhoon Usagi.  The strongest rain bands were in the western half of the typhoon.  Storms near the core of Usagi were generating upper level divergence which was pumping mass away from the typhoon.  Winds to typhoon force extended out about 30 miles (50 km) from the center of circulation.  Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 125 miles (200 km) from the center.

Typhoon Usagi will move through an environment favorable for intensification during the next 24 hours.  Usagi will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 29°C.  It will move south of an upper level ridge.  The ridge will produce easterly winds which will blow toward the top of the circulation.  Those winds will cause some vertical wind shear, which will reduce the rate of intensification.  Typhoon Usagi will strengthen on Saturday.

The ridge north of Typhoon Usagi will steer the typhoon a little to the south of due west.  On its anticipated track the center of Typhoon Usagi will approach the Mouths of the Mekong River in about 24 hours.  Usagi will bring strong winds and drop heavy rain on southern Vietnam.  Winds to tropical storm force could affect Ho Chi Minh City.  There could be a storm surge of 6 to 9 feet (2 to 3 meters) along the coast.  Locally heavy rain could cause floods over portions of southern Vietnam and Cambodia.

Elsewhere over the Western North Pacific Typhoon Man-yi started to weaken southeast of Okinawa.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Friday the center of Typhoon Man-yi was located at latitude 18.1°N and longitude 135.4°E which put it about 760 miles (1230 km) southeast of Okinawa.  Man-yi was moving toward the north at 5 m.p.h. (8 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 90 m.p.h. (145 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 115 m.p.h. (185 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 969 mb.

Tropical Storm Usagi Forms East of Vietnam

Tropical Storm Usagi formed over the South China Sea east of Vietnam on Thursday.  At 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday the center of Tropical Storm Usagi was located at latitude 11.2°N and longitude 113.7°E which put it about 350 miles (565 km) east of Lien Huong, Vietnam.  Usagi was moving toward the west at 18 m.p.h. (29 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1001 mb.

More thunderstorms developed near the center of former Tropical Depression 33W and the Japan Meteorological Agency designated the system as Tropical Storm Usagi.  Satellite imagery indicated that the inner end of a rainband was wrapping around the center of circulation.  Several other bands of showers and thunderstorms were in the western half of Tropical Storm Usagi.  Bands in the eastern half of the circulation consisted primarily of showers and low clouds.  An upper level ridge north Usagi was producing southeasterly winds which were blowing toward the top of the circulation.  Those winds were causing moderate vertical wind shear and they were the reason why the stronger thunderstorms were developing west of the center of circulation.  Storms near the center were producing upper level divergence which was pumping mass away to the west of the tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Usagi will move through an environment favorable for intensification during the next 24 to 36 hours.  Usagi will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 29°C.  It will continue to move south of an upper level ridge and moderate vertical wind shear will continue to affect Tropical Storm Usagi.  The wind shear will slow intensification, but Usagi will strengthen during the next day or so.  It could intensify into a typhoon during the next 36 hours.

The ridge north of Tropical Storm Usagi will steer the tropical storm on a track a little to the south of due west.  On its anticipated track the center of Tropical Storm Usagi will approach the coast of southern Vietnam in about 36 hours.  Usagi could make landfall on the portion of the coast between Cam Ranh and Vung Tau.  Tropical Storm Usagi will bring gusty winds and it could drop locally heavy rain over southern Vietnam and Cambodia.  Heavy rain could cause flash foods in some locations.

Elsewhere over the Western North Pacific, Typhoon Man-yi was moving away from the Marianas after causing power outages in southern Guam.  At 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday the center of Typhoon Man-yi was located at latitude 13.5°N and longitude 137.8°E which put it about 1155 miles (1860 km) southeast of Okinawa.  Man-yi was moving toward the northwest at 21 m.p.h. (34 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 90 m.p.h. (145 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 115 m.p.h. (185 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 969 mb.

Man-yi Strengthens to a Typhoon Southwest of Guam

Former Tropical Storm Man-yi strengthened to a typhoon southwest of Guam on Wednesday.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday the center of Typhoon Man-yi was located at latitude 11.1°N and longitude 141.1°E which put it about 300 miles (485 km) southwest of Guam.  Man-yi was moving toward the west-northwest at 27 m.p.h. (44 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 85 m.p.h. (135 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 105 m.p.h. (170 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 973 mb.

Typhoon Man-yi strengthened quickly on Wednesday.  An inner band of thunderstorms wrapped around the center of circulation.  A small eye appeared intermittently on satellite imagery.  The eye was surrounded by a ring of strong thunderstorms and the strongest winds were occurring in that ring of storms.  Other bands of showers and thunderstorms were revolving around the core of Typhoon Man-yi.  Storms near the core were generating upper level divergence which was pumping mass away from the typhoon.  Winds to typhoon force extended out about 40 miles (65 km) from the center of circulation.  Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 145 miles (230 km) from the center.

Typhoon Man-yi will move through an environment somewhat favorable for intensification on Thursday.  Man-yi will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 29°C.  So, there will be enough energy in the upper ocean to support further intensification.  Typhoon Man-yi will move south of an upper level ridge.  The ridge will produce strong east-southeasterly winds which will blow toward the top of the circulation.  Those winds will produce moderate vertical wind shear.  The wind shear will inhibit upper level outflow to the east of the typhoon and they will slow the rate of intensification.  Despite the moderate vertical wind shear, Typhoon Man-yi is likely to strengthen during the next 24 hours and it could become the equivalent of a major hurricane.

The ridge will steer Typhoon Man-yi rapidly toward the northwest during the next 24 to 36 hours.  On its anticipated track Typhoon Man-yi will move quickly away from Guam and the Marianas.  Man-yi could move southeast of Okinawa this weekend.

Elsewhere over the rest of the Western North Pacific Ocean, Tropical Depression 33W was moving quickly westward over the South China Sea.  At 10:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday the center of Tropical Depression 33W was located at latitude 11.1°N and longitude 116.2°E which put it about 505 miles (815 km) east of Cam Ranh, Vietnam.  It was moving toward the west at 25 m.p.h. (40 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1004 mb.

Tropical Storm Teraji Develops East of Vietnam

Tropical Storm Teraji developed east of Vietnam on Saturday.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Saturday the center of Tropical Storm Teraji was located at latitude 11.1°N and longitude 110.1°E which put it about 100 miles (160 km) east of Lien Huong, Vietnam.  Teraji was moving toward the west at 5 m.p.h. (8 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1004 mb.

A distinct low level center of circulation developed in an area of thunderstorms over the South China Sea east of southern Vietnam on Saturday and the Japan Meteorological Agency designated the system as Tropical Storm Teraji.  The circulation around Teraji was exhibiting evidence of vertical wind shear.  The center of circulation was on the eastern edge of a cluster of thunderstorms.  Tropical Storm Teraji was south of an upper level ridge.  The ridge was producing easterly winds which were causing moderate vertical wind shear.  The stronger thunderstorms were occurring in bands west of the center of circulation, which was likely an effect of the wind shear.

The ridge north of Tropical Storm Teraji will steer the tropical storm westward into southern Vietnam.  On its anticipated track Teraji will move over southern Vietnam on Sunday.  Tropical Storm Teraji will move across southern Cambodia early next week.  Thunderstorms in rainbands in the western half of Teraji could drop locally heavy and floods could occur in some locations.

Elsewhere over the Western North Pacific Ocean Tropical Depression 34W formed southeast of Palau.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Saturday the center of Tropical Depression 34W was located at latitude 6.6°N and longitude 135.5°E which put it about 90 miles (145 km) southeast of Palau.  It was moving toward the west-southwest at 7 m.p.h. (11 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 35 m.p.h. (55 km/h) and there were wind gusts tot 45 m.p.h. (75 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1004 mb.

Typhoon Yutu Brings Wind and Rain to Luzon

Typhoon Yutu brought wind and rain to Luzon on Monday.  At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the center of Typhoon Yutu was located at latitude 16.8°N and longitude 122.4°E which put it about 45 miles (75 km east of Ilagan, Philippines.  Yutu was moving toward the west at 14 m.p.h. (22 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 105 m.p.h. (170 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 125 m.p.h. (200 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 949 mb.

The center of Typhoon Yutu made landfall near Palanan Point on the northeast coast of Luzon late on Monday.  Yutu had a large circulation.  Winds to typhoon force extended out about 80 miles (130 km) from the center of circulation.  Winds to tropical storm force extended out about 270 miles (435 km) from the center.  The Hurricane Intensity Index (HII) for Typhoon Yutu was 17.8.  The Hurricane Size Index (HSI) was 25.5 and the Hurricane Wind Intensity Size Index (HWISI) was 43.3.  Typhoon Yutu is capable of causing widespread serious damage.

Typhoon Yutu could cause a storm surge of up to 10 feet (3 meters) on the northeast coast of Luzon.  It will also produce destructive winds as it moves across northern Luzon.  Yutu will move westward across Luzon.  It will move into the South China Sea south of Vigan, Philippines.  Typhoon Yutu will drop very heavy rain over parts of northern Luzon and flash flooding will be very likely.  Rapid runoff into the Cagayan River could cause it to flood.

Typhoon Yutu will move over the Sierra Madre mountains and the Cordillera Central when it moves across northern Luzon.  Those two mountain ranges will disrupt the lower levels of the circulation and Yutu will be weaker when it reaches the South China Sea.  Yutu could still be a typhoon when it moves back over water, but it may weaken to a tropical storm by then.

Typhoon Yutu will move around the western end of a ridge of high pressure over the Western North Pacific Ocean when it reaches the South China Sea.  Yutu will move toward the north when it reaches the western end of the ridge and it could approach China in four or five days.

Tropical Storm Maliksi Forms East of Luzon, Ewiniar Brings Rain to South China.

Tropical Storm Maliksi formed east of Luzon on Thursday while Tropical Storm Ewiniar brought rain to parts of South China.  At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Storm Maliksi was located at latitude 17.4°N and longitude 127.7°E which put it about 330 miles (535 km) east of Luzon.  Maliksi was moving toward the north at 4 m.p.h. (6 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 996 mb.

The Japan Meteorological Agency designated an area of low pressure east of Luzon as Tropical Storm Maliksi late on Thursday.  There was a large counterclockwise circulation east of Luzon, but there were few thunderstorms near the center of the circulation.  Most of the thunderstorms were occurring in three bands in the outer portions of the circulation.  One band was located well to the west of the center of circulation, a second band was located well to the north of the center and the third band was located well to the east of the center.  The winds to tropical storm force were occurring in those bands.

Tropical Storm Maliksi will move through an environment favorable for intensification during the next 24 to 48 hours.  Maliksi will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 30°C.  Maliksi will move underneath an upper level ridge where the winds are weak and there will be little vertical wind shear.  The large circulation will be the primary factor inhibiting intensification in the short term.  Maliksi will intensify slowly until thunderstorms develop near the center of circulation and the strongest winds occur closer to the center.

Tropical Storm Maliksi will move around the western end of a subtropical ridge.  The ridge will steer Maliksi slowly toward the north.  When Tropical Storm Maliksi moves farther to the north westerly winds will begin to steer it toward the northeast.  On its anticipated track Tropical Storm Maliksi will remain east of Luzon.  The circulation of Maliksi is so large that rainbands on the western side of the circulation could affect the northern Philippines.

Elsewhere over the western North Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Ewiniar brought heavy rain to parts of South China.  Ewiniar made landfall on the coast of China near Yangjiang on Thursday.  At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Tropical Storm Ewiniar was located at latitude 22.6°N and longitude 112.1°E which put it about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Yangjiang, China.  Ewiniar was moving toward the north at 9 m.p.h. (15 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 998 mb.

The center of Tropical Storm Ewiniar was moving farther inland over South China.  The winds to tropical storm force were occurring in rainbands that were still over the South China Sea.  Ewiniar was dropping heavy rain over parts of western Guangdong province and over southern Zizhiqu province.  The heavy rain could cause flooding in those areas.

Tropical Storm Ewiniar Forms Near Coast of South China

Tropical Storm Ewiniar formed near the coast of South China late on Tuesday.  At 11:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the center of Tropical Storm Ewiniar was located at latitude 20.9°N and longitude 110.5°E which put it about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Zhanjiang, China.  Ewiniar was moving toward the northwest at 6 m.p.h. (10 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1000 mb.

A distinct low level center of circulation consolidated in a cluster of showers and thunderstorms moving over the South China Sea near Hainan Island on Monday and the Japan Meteorological Agency designated the system as Tropical Storm Ewiniar.  Several bands of showers and thunderstorms developed west of the center of circulation.  Bands east of the center consisted primarily of showers and low clouds.  Winds to tropical storm force were occurring within 60 miles (95 km) of the center o circulation.

Tropical Storm Ewiniar has 12 to 24 hours during which it could intensify if the center remains over water.  The Sea Surface Temperature of the water near the coast of South China is about 30°C.  Ewiniar is under the southwestern portion of a narrow upper level ridge.  The ridge is producing weak southerly winds which are blowing toward the top of the circulation.  Those winds will cause some vertical wind shear but the shear will not be strong enough to prevent intensification.  Even though the atmospheric and oceanic environments are favorable for intensification, a portion of the circulation of Tropical Storm Ewiniar is already over land.  The friction caused by the flow of air over the land will inhibit intensification.  Tropical Storm Ewiniar could intensify a little more if the center remains over water.

The upper level ridge was steering Tropical Storm Ewiniar toward the northwest.  A general motion toward the north is expected for the next 24 to 48 hours.  On its anticipated track the center of Tropical Storm Ewiniar will move near the east coast of the Leizhou Peninsula.  Ewiniar could move inland near Wuchuan and Dianbai.  Tropical Storm Ewiniar will bring some gust winds to South China, but the greater risks are the potential for heavy rain and floods.

Tropical Storm Sanba Brings Rain to the Southern Philippines

Tropical Storm Sanba brought rain to the southern Philippines on Monday.  At 10:00 p.m. EST on Monday the center of Tropical Storm Sanba located at latitude 9.9°N and longitude 125.1°E which put it about 100 miles (160 km) east of Cebu, Philippines.  Sanba was moving toward the west-northwest at 19 m.p.h. (31 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 40 m.p.h. (65 km/h) and there were wind gusts to 50 m.p.h. (80 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 1000 mb.

Tropical Storm Sanba dropped locally heavy rain on parts of northern Mindanao, Siriagao Island, Dinegat Island, Leyte, southern Samar, Bohol and Cebu on Monday.  The circulation of Tropical Storm Sanba was not well organized.  Bands of showers and thunderstorms were occurring to the north and west of the center of circulation.  There were thin bands of showers and low clouds to the south and east of the center.  An upper level ridge to the north of Sanba was producing easterly winds which were blowing over the top of the circulation.  Those winds were causing moderate vertical wind shear which was the primary reason for the asymmetrical distribution of thunderstorms.

Tropical Storm Sanba will move through an environment marginal for intensification.  Sanba will move over water where the Sea Surface Temperature is near 28°C.  The upper level ridge will continue to produce moderate vertical wind shear, which will inhibit intensification.  In addition, the center of circulation will move across Cebu and Negros.  Increased friction caused by the and could weaken Tropical Storm Sanba.  Sanba could intensify a little when the center moves over the Sulu Sea.

A ridge north of Sanba is steering the tropical storm toward the west.  A general motion toward the west is expected to continue for another 24 to 36 hours.  After that time Sanba could move a little more toward the west-northwest.  On its anticipated track Tropical Storm Sanba is forecast to move over Cebu and Negros during the next 12 to 18 hours.  Sanba will move across the Sulu Sea toward Palawan and over the South China Sea.  Tropical Storm Sanba could drop locally heavy rain over Cebu, Negros, Panay and Palawan.  Prolonged heavy rain could cause flooding in some places.