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TD 26W and TD 27W Update Dec 14, 2011

Tropical Depression 26W has dissipated while 27W has strengthened slightly over the Western Pacific. Here is an IR Image from NOAA showing the locations of the two systems:

JTWC has given out their final warning for 26W last night. The system is now dissipating just south of Vietnam. It was last located approximately 350km southeast of Ho Chi Minh. Rain showers associated with this system could bring some rain across Southern Vietnam today although amounts will mostly be light.

TD 27W, on the other hand, has strengthened overnight and winds are now around 55kph to 75kph. 27W is moving westward at 25kph and could approach Palau later tonight or early tomorrow. Conditions remain favorable for intensification and 27W could become a Tropical Storm as early as today. It could even intensify into a typhoon, depending on how favorable the environment is down the road. Forecasts still take 27W across Palau and eventually towards the Southern Philippines by sometime around Friday.

We’ll have more info today on our afternoon update.

-WxCaster PAT

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