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With the impending landfall in a few hours of Typhoon Amang (yes, JMA and JTWC has upgraded the system into a Typhoon) over Eastern Visayas, Manila TC will now begin its live blog coverage of the storm.
The US National Weather service has now issued the following warnings for Typhoon Hagupit:
The Tropical Disturbance to the east of Mindanao has been upgraded by the PAGASA into a Tropical Depression and was named locally as Queenie.
The 21st Tropical Cyclone for the year is about to cross into Northern Mindanao this afternoon and tonight. Potential for heavy flooding rains are expected across Mindanao and Southern Visayas today and tomorrow as TD Queenie crosses the region.
PAGASA has raised Storm warning signal #1 over much of Northern Mindanao and Southern Visayas.
The potential for the disturbance to become a Tropical Cyclone in the next 24 hours is at MEDIUM at 55% probability -- ManilaTC
The disturbance east of the Samar/Bicol area has shown more development over the past 12 hours as it tracks towards the Philippines. JTWC-Hawaii/NRL has designated the system as Invest 96W. LPA WP69 (Invest 96W) now has winds of 35kph (20kts) and is moving West at 27 kph.
All Weather agencies in the West Pacific consider the system as a LPA, and the JTWC gives the system a medium chance to develop in 24 hrs.
The system is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by tomorrow afternoon or evening.
Currently, computer forecast models are giving forecasts to develop LPA WP69 (Invest 96W) and possibly track into Luzon by early next week. All interests in Luzon are advised to keep watch and monitor the progress of this system.
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Typhoon Vongfong (Ompong) is now making its slow, gradual approach to Okinawa island. Landfall is now expected to occur during the late evening hours of Saturday or early Sunday morning.
Kadena AirBase in Okinawa is now in TCCOR 1 Emergency, meaning: Winds of 50 knots sustained or greater are occurring at a particular installation. All personnel will stay indoors away from windows. Outdoor movement will be restricted to lifesaving response actions.
Okinawa Island has been being hammered by the Typhoon with wind gusts exceeding 60 knots (110 kph) being experienced already, with 12 hours from landfall.
Kadena AFB -- 90 kph Sustained with gusts of 140 kph, with heavy rain
Naha, Okinawa -- 85 kph Sustained with gusts of 125 kph, with heavy rain
Forecasts for the island are winds gusting up to 185 kph expected later tonight as the eye passes through.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Vongfong (Ompong) is now outside the Philippine AoR, with the eye crossing the 25 degrees north latitude line.
The strongest tropical cyclone of the year (as of this writing), Super Typhoon OMPONG (Vongfong) is now laying its sights on the southern islands of Japan, the Ryukyu Islands.
The howler has begun to make its trek Northward and is possibly already past its peak intensity. As it passes near Okinawa, the Typhoon is possibly between a Cat 3 or 4.
The typhoon will not directly affect the Philippines, but rough seas may be experienced by seafarers along the Eastern seaboards of Luzon and Samar.
Based on current analysis, the potential of LPA WP47 (Invest 96W) to form into a Tropical Cyclone over the next 24 hours is now HIGH at 70-80% chance.
ManilaTC is now issuing a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert for the Low Pressure Area to the East of the Samar Islands in the Philippine Sea. Meaning that the likelihood of this system to become a Tropical Depression is now possible over the next 24 hours.
At 2pm today, LPA WP47 (Invest 96W) is located 800 km East of Samar, moving to the West-Southwest at 35 kph. Outer rainclouds of this system have begun to affect the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Should PAGASA upgrade this system, it will be locally named as MARIO. Then if it reaches Tropical Storm strength, it will be named internationally as Fung-Wong.
This alert will be valid until the next 12 hours, and will be reissued or cancelled or upgraded depending on the status of the system.
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ManilaTC is now monitoring another Tropical Disturbance -- 280 km Outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, east of Samar Island.
Disturbance WP47 (Invest 96W) has shown more organization over the last 12 hours. It is currently drifting to the West/WNW and may enter the PAR tonight or early tomorrow. Forecast models are mixed on developing this system.
ManilaTC will keep monitoring the system and will post the next update tomorrow, unless major developments occur.
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