Tropical Storm Peipah (Bagyong Domeng) continues to struggle amidst the moderate wind shear in the region. The system is now leaving the Republic of Palau and moving towards the Philippines. The center was last located approximately 120km west southwest of Koror, Palau or about 870km east of Davao City. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65kph with gusts of up to 93kph according to Japan Meteorological Agency. Peipah is moving westward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows how poorly organized Peipha is currently. The convection continues to get sheared to the west and the low-level circulation center is almost fully exposed this morning. In fact, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded Peipha to a Tropical Depression on their latest warning. Due to the atmospheric conditions in the region, Peipah will likely struggle to intensify in the coming days and may not even become a Typhoon anymore.
Rainfall Forecast from COAMPS
Tropical Storm Peipah brought over 150mm of rainfall across Palau yesterday. We expect this similar amount, if not more, to fall across the Southern Philippines in the next three days. Light rains may actually start impacting Mindanao tonight and into tomorrow as the system moves from the east. Aside from the rains, the threat of storm surge and strong winds should also be kept in mind especially for residents living along the eastern coastline.
We’ll continue to post updates on this system so stay with Western Pacific Weather. As always, follow your official agency’s forecast (PAGASA) for the latest warnings on this storm.