In a classic case of Rapid Intensification (RI) in the Philippine Sea, Typhoon Dodong (Noul) exploded into a 140 knot (240 kph 1-min average) howler. This prompted the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to upgrade to Super Typhoon status.
As of this writing (8 am) the 40-km wide eye of STY Dodong (Noul) was located at 17.0°N, 123.3°E, about 90 km East-Southeast off the coast of Palanan Bay, Isabela. The typhoon is currently moving to the Northwest becoming North-Northwest at 20 kph.
STY Dodong (Noul) may clip the NE part of Cagayan province later today if it continues on its present course and bearing. Later on the storm will start its recurve towards the Ryukyu Islands/Okinawa region.
Public storm warnings have been in place all over the Northern Luzon region with Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Island group, Isabela, Apayao getting the highest, at number 3.
All eyes are now on the course of Typhoon DODONG (Noul), after it crossed the Philippine AoR this Morning. DODONG(Noul) is now a Category 2 Strong Typhoon, packing winds of 145 kph (10-min) to 165 kph (1-min) sustained with gusts reaching 185 kph... DODONG (Noul) has tracked to the West-Northwest
No Public Storm Warnings have been raised yet by PAGASA as of the latest bulletin released at 11 am today, but the agency hinted that this typhoon is expected to initially affect the Eastern Visayas and Bicol region within the next 24 – 36 hours.
Available forecast tracks from agencies within the region are now projecting more of a Central Luzon landfall by weekend, possibly by Sunday. This as Computer model forecasts have been trending more west of the initially forecasted track, hinting of a much stronger-than-expected SubTropical Ridge (High) to the north of the typhoon.
Typhoon DODONG (Noul) is expected to intensify further as it makes its way across the Philippine Sea towards Luzon, potential rapid intensification is not ruled out.
Residents from Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Southern Luzon, Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon are advised to take initial precautions and prepare for possible further preparations later on.
Typhoon Noul enters Philippine AoR, named as Dodong