Hree is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Bopha which continues to intensify as it moves westward across the Pacific Ocean. The system has actually lost latitude today which does not bode very well for Palau and the Philippines!
Computer models are starting to converge on a consensus regarding Bopha’s track. Unfortunately, the current track looks pretty grim for Palau and the Philippines. Our latest forecast is now taking Bopha into the island of Palau by Sunday as a Category 2 Typhoon. Winds of up to 160kph and heavy rains are possible, please prepare now! Yap Island will be farther north and won’t see typhoon conditions, although tropical storm winds of up to 65kph are still possible.
By next week, Bopha is forecast to turn more to the west northwest and could intensify into a Category 3 by Monday. There are still a lot of uncertainties but it does look increasingly likely that the Philippines may be impacted, in one way or another, by this system beginning Tuesday. Right now, anywhere from Mindanao all the way into Eastern Visayas should closely monitor the developments of Bopha. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday so we expect PAGASA to begin issuing advisories by that time.
We’ll have another update tomorrow. For those in Palau, again, please prepare now! For the latest warnings and forecasts for Micronesia, please head to the National Weather Service (Guam) by clicking HERE