Typhoon Tembin (Igme) and Bolaven (Julian) Update August 23, 2012

Latest Video Update on two powerful systems in the Pacific: Typhoons Tembin and Bolaven. Note that this is a very lengthy video update. If you are only interested in one typhoon: Tembin’s update begins at 01:48 while the update for Bolaven starts at 10:23. We hope you understand we are trying to cover lost of information here.

If you have any storm reports, images or videos, comments and questions, please email us at philippineweather@yahoo.com

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Typhoon Tembin (Bagyong Igme) has slowed down east of Taiwan. It has also intensified significantly in the past 24 hours and is now back to a Category 3 according to JTWC. It is forecast to make landfall in Taitung County tomorrow morning (Friday) as perhaps a Category 4. Damaging winds will be a threat all across Taitung and Hualien and even into inland areas. Furthermore, the threat of torrential rains exist throughout the country. Tembin could exit Taiwan by late Friday evening. We are still watching the possibility of Fujiwhara Effect with Bolaven this weekend and if it does happen, we could see Tembin take a u-turn and head back towards Taiwan by Sunday or Monday. Please stay safe and always listen to your local officials for the latest forecasts and warnings!

Radar Image from CWB

Latest radar image showing the eye slowly approaching Taiwan from the East. Already, rains are beginning to impact Taiwan and could last into the weekend. There could be as much as 500mm of rain in some spots, especially across mountainous areas. For the latest radar images, forecasts, and warnings from Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB)

Typhoon Bolaven, on the other hand, has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and will be named Bagyong Julian by PAGASA. This system will enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) for the Philippines. Bolaven is forecast to move near or actually make landfall in Okinawa by Sunday morning as a very strong Category 4 typhoon. It could also eventually pose a threat to the Korean Peninsula by early next week.

As mentioned in the video, our fellow James Reynolds is heading into Chenggong to intercept Typhoon Tembin. You can watch his video blogs HERE (Typhoon Fury) and you can also follow his tweets at @typhoonfury

Please remember that we are NOT AN OFFICIAL AGENCY. Do not use this for life and death situations and always heed the warnings and forecasts from your local officials. Stay safe everyone!

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