Zoraida making landfall in Davao Oriental – Tuesday Morning Update

Weak tropical depression Zoraida is making landfall this morning in Davao Oriental.  The circulation center with Zoraida remains partially exposed and well elongated.  That, coupled with traversing Mindanao, should limit any near-term development.  Additionally, most model guidance keeps Zoraida as a tropical depression or, at worst, a minor tropical storm.  However, regardless of development, rain showers and thunderstorms are spreading over most of the Visayas, where recovery efforts are on-going, and Mindanao.  GFS models are indicating 25-50 mm of rainfall over much of Mindanao and the Visayas through Friday morning with southern Palawan possibly receiving 50-100 mm.

This morning, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for much of northern and northeastern Mindanao as well as a majority of the central and western Visayas and northern Palawan.  JMA still forecasts Zoraida to be upgraded into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours, however, considering land impacts, this may be difficult to achieve until Zoraida is located in the Sulu Sea.  On the other hand, JTWC has yet to issue advisories on this system as it misses the requirements to be declared a tropical cyclone by US/JTWC definition.  However, they maintain the Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert for this area, labelled Invest 90W.

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Latest video update from Robert Speta Below, this video covers Zoraida but also the heavy snowfall that is taking place across northern Japan.


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