Here is our latest Video Update on Typhoon Utor:
Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) is beginning to regain intensity as it moves into the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. The center of the storm was last located approximately 260km northwest of Dagupan City or about 410km northwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are down to about 130ph with gusts of up to 185kph according to JMA’s latest analysis. Typhoon Utor is currently moving west northwestward at 30kph.
As of 5pm this morning, here are the latest Signal Warnings from PAGASA:
Signal #2: Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, La Union , and Pangasinan.
Signal #1: Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Ilocos Norte, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales.
Areas under Signal #2 should continue to have winds of up to 100kph over the next 3 to 6 hours but should begin to die down as the night goes on. Meanwhile, winds of up to 60kph could linger over areas under Signal #1 but is also expected to weaken by tonight.
The Hong Kong Observatory has also issued a Standby Signal No. 1 as Utor moves within 800km of the area. HKO is saying they could raise it to Signal No. 3 by tonight as the system moves closer to the area. We aren’t expecting Utor to make landfall in Hong Kong, however its outer rain bands could bring light rains and gusty winds in the region by tomorrow and into Wednesday.
Subic Radar Image (ClimateX PH)
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains continue across the western portions of Luzon particularly across the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, and Pampanga. Up to 50mm could still fall over the next few hours but weather across the region should begin to improve by early tomorrow morning. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts for your area, please click HERE (ClimateX PH).
Project NOAH 24-Hr Rainfall Accumulation
We received numerous reports of heavy rains in the region. Many areas got as much as 400mm of rain today which caused numerous landslides and flashfloods. The map above shows the rainfall in the past 24 hours and you can see the extent of the heavy rainfall accumulations which matches up nicely with our rainfall forecast yesterday.
Typhoon Utor is forecast to re-intensify slightly as it moves across the warm waters of South China Sea. It is then forecast to make landfall in Guangdong Province in Southern China by as early as Wednesday afternoon. Heavy rains and strong winds is expected to affect the region including Hainan and even far east into Hong Kiong.
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