Tropical Storm Fung-Wong Near Northern Philippines

Tropical Storm Fung-Wong is moving near the northernmost part of the Philippines.  At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday the center of Fung-Wong was located latitude 18.0°N and longitude 122.5°E, which put it about 250 miles north-northeast of Manila.  Fung-Wong was moving toward the northwest at 20 m.p.h.  The maximum wind speed was 45 m.p.h.

The structure around Fung-Wong is not particularly well organized.  Most of the thunderstorm activity is occurring southeast of the the center of circulation.  Wind shear is inhibiting the intensification of the tropical storm.  Slow intensification is possible if the upper level winds slow down.

Fung-Wong is expected to take a turn more toward the north and it could move toward Taiwan during the next 36-48 hours.