Archive | October, 2012

Typhoon Son-Tinh Early Evening Update October 27, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) and also a brief update on Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Basin.

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Son-Tinh has intensified into a Typhoon earlier today and is now moving between Hainan Island and Vietnam. Rain bands are already impacting both areas and have already brought nearly 50mm of rain across Hainan. More rains are on the way and the conditions in the region will only get worse, especially for Vietnam as we expect Son-Tinh to make landfall there early tomorrow morning (Sunday).

Hainan Radar from CMA

Latest Radar image from Hainan Island shows the bands of light to moderate rain with pockets of heavy rain impacting the island; some showers are moving as far north as Leizhou Peninsla. Many areas are now reporting more than 50mm of rain since this morning and more are on the way. Furthermore, winds of 30 to 40kph are also being reported along the southern coast of Hainan Island. Stormy conditions here in Hainan will linger throughout tonight. For the latest radar images, forecasts, and warnings from China Meteorological Administration, please click HERE

Looking at the latest data, Son-Tinh might actually intensify a little bit more tonight before leveling off once it nears the Vietnamese Coast. The forecast for Son-Tinh is a landfall roughly 200km south of Hanoi tomorrow as a weakening typhoon. Winds of up to 120kph and rainfall amounts of up to 100mm possible. Son-Tinh is then forecast to slow down significantly and could linger around Hanoi and Northern Vietnam potentially bringing huge amounts of rainfall in the region. Eventually, Son-Tinh is forecast to weaken to a depression by Monday but its remnants will surely continue bringing rains not only in Vietnam but perhaps across Guangxi Province in Southwestern China as well; even neighboring countries in the Indochina Region may see some rainfall too.

For more info on Hurricane Sandy in the United States, please visit our affiliate 28storms.com

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh Early Evening Update October 26, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) and also a brief update on Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Basin.

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Tropical Storm Son-Tinh is intensifying as it moves across the South China Sea away from the Philippines. Convective activity continues to fire across the symmetrical central dense overcast. Both Joint Typhoon Warning Center and Japan Meteorological Agency are now forecasting Son-Tinh to become a Typhoon by as early as tomorrow. It is still forecast to make landfall in Northern Vietnam by either late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. It will likely bring widespread rains and strong winds across Hanoi and the rest of Indochina.

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh will continue move northwestward across the South China Sea, likely becoming a Category 1 typhoon tomorrow. It will pass south of Hainan Island tomorrow but will still bring stormy conditions especially along the coast. Parts of Vietnam will also begin to experience heavy rains by tomorrow with the worst weather expected to occur in Northern Vietnam by late Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Hanoi and nearby areas should expect strong winds and rainfall amounts of up to 150mm. Son-Tinh will linger in the region through Monday before dissipating. Heavy rains also possible across Indochina and Southwestern China particularly in Guangxi Province.

For more info on Hurricane Sandy in the United States, please visit our affiliate 28storms.com

-WxCaster PAT

Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Ofel) Afternoon Update October 25, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Son-Tinh (Bagyong Ofel) and also a brief update on Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Basin.

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Tropical Storm Son-Tinh is now moving away from the Philippines but is still bringing widespread rains across Western Visayas and Central and Southern Luzon.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA have dropped Signal #2 and #1 for many areas. However, there are still some provinces under Public Storm Warning Signal #1; these are: Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Cavite, Batangas, Northern part of Mindoro, and Lubang Island. Areas still under the signal warning may continue to expect winds of up to 60kph. Sea travel is also prohibited so please check with the port officials or ferry company for any delays or cancellations.

Subic Radar from PAGASA’s Project NOAH

For now, widespread rains will continue across Western Visayas and Central and Southern Luzon including Metro Manila. Son-Tinh moved across Visayas yesterday bringing rainfall amounts of up to 150mm in many areas. Today, we are seeing similar amounts being reported in the provinces across Mindoro, Batangas, and Cavite. Some of these rainshowers can bring as much as 30 to even 50mm of rain in just one hour so please be wary of flashfloods and landslides. We are expecting another 50 to even 100mm to fall tonight and into tomorrow. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecast for your area, please visit PAGASA’s Project NOAH website by clicking HERE

Many areas have received as much as 150mm of rain in the past 24 hours resulting in widespread floods and even landslides. The storm has also wreaked havoc in the travel plans of many Filipinos as thousands are currently stranded in seaports and airports. This upcoming weekend is a significant time for the country due to the All Saints Day on November 1. Thankfully, we expect weather conditions in the country to start getting better by Saturday.

TS Son-Tinh is now forecast to continue moving across the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea. The system will likely intensify further and has a small chance of becoming a typhoon-as is being forecast by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Typhoon or not, Son-Tinh will likely threaten parts of Vietnam by Sunday with strong winds and widespread rains.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Hurricane Sandy is currently impacting Eastern Cuba after moving across Jamaica earlier today. The system is a Category 2 Hurricane and will move across the Bahamas by tomorrow. Sandy is being closely watched in the United States due to the potential of major impacts especially in the Northeast Regions by Sunday and Monday. For more information on this Hurricane, please visit our affiliate 28storms.com

If you have any storm reports, feel free to email us at philippineweather@yahoo.com or at robertspeta@westernpacific.com. Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT