Tropical Storm last located approximately 130km northeast of Basco, Batanes or about 430km south southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Japan Meteorological Agency has upgraded Kong-Rey to a Severe Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of up to 95kph and gusts that could reach up to 130kph. STS Kong-Rey is currently moving north northwestward at 15kph.
Latest reports from Batanes Islands indicate winds of up to 65kph along with heavy rains. Rest of the islands including Northern Luzon will continue to experience stormy conditions today with the possibility of flooding and landslides still lingering. Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the local news and PAGASA for the latest warnings.
Radar Image from CWB (Taiwan)
Meanwhile, latest radar image from the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan shows the center of circulation of Kong-Rey moving just southeast of the island. Outer bands of light to moderate rains are also starting to move closer and could affect Taiwan later this morning. We expect up to 150mm to even 200mm of rain falling across portions of Taiwan over the next 24 o 36 hours. For the latest warnings and radar images from Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB Website).
JMA continues to forecast Kong-Rey becoming a Typhoon by tomorrow. We are starting to see convection improving and the inner structure becoming more organized as well. As the wind shear continues to slightly weaken, Kong-Rey should continue to intensify throughout the day today. However, the proximity of the storm to the island of Taiwan could limit that intensification.
We’ll have more updates on Kong-Rey throughout the day. Stay safe!