Forecast Track for Washi/Sendong 18 December.

The deadliest Tropical Storm in 2011 Washi/Sendong is moving out from the Philipine sea leaving disastrous effect behind. The storm is currently moving at 14knots heading West-South West into the South China Sea.

Latest JTWC and JMA forecast track for Tropical Storm Washi/Sendong is illustrated below. The storm is expected to weakean into a Tropical Depression before hitting the coast of Malaysia. JTWC forecast indicate that it will most probably reaching the coastal area of South East  Peninsula Malaysia (State of Terengganu,Pahang and Johor) and might as well Singapore latest by 21st or 22nd of December.

Compare to previous forecast, the JTWC now have push the forecast track to lower south of peninsula Malaysia approaching Singapore mainly due to the effect of north-east monsoonal season shear which has bombarded the storm. The cold surge pushing out from the north will be one of the main reason the storm is weaken to a depression before making landfall in Peninsula Malaysia

The Malaysia Meteorology Agency has issued a Third Category Strong Wind and Rough Sea Warning to the South East Costal Area of Malaysia and also the Borneo states (Sabah and Sarawak) indicating the strong wind over 60kmph and wave as high as 5.5meter.

Thailand Meteorological Department also issued a weather warning towards the South East Coast of Thailand indicating isolated heavy rain and strong wind 
waves ranging from 2-4 metres high. The Vietnam Weather agency  alerted a Tropical Storm Warning on its website with concern over the probability Washi/Sendong hitting the coast and the city of Ho Chi Minh.

Tropical Storm Warning and forecast track issued by Vietnam Weather Agency

We will keep you up to date with the latest information regarding this storm.

WestPacWx South East Asia – Francis –

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