Tropical Storm HAITANG (HUANING) Update Number 002

TROPICAL STORM HAITANG (HUANING) UPDATE NUMBER 002

Issued at: 6:15 PM PhT (10:15 GMT) Sunday 30 July 2017
Next update: Monday Early Morning, 31 July 2017
Current Status and Outlook

Tropical Storm HAITANG (HUANING) has slightly weakened as it moved north in the past 6 hours over Southern Taiwan. Its rainbands continues to bring moderate to heavy rains with strong winds across the western portions of the Bashi and Balintang Channel. 

This storm is expected to move north-northwestward within the next 24 hours at a speed of 33 km/hr, making landfall over Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan. It will weaken to a Tropical Depression (TD) after its landfall over Southern Taiwan

*The combination of TS HAITANG and the strong surge of the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) will bring occasional rains, gusty winds, and thunderstorms with large surfs across the inland and coastal areas of Ilocos Provinces and the Batanes-Babuyan Islands.

Where is HAITANG (HUANING)? As of 5:00 PM PhT, July 30…0900 GMT.  The center was located over the Bashi Channel (near 22.4N 120.1E), about 111 km west-southwest of Taitung, Taiwan or 292 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.
How strong is it?

Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 65 kph near the center…Gustiness: 85 kph.

Past Movement (06 hrs) It was moving North @ 22 kphtowards Southern Taiwan
Potential Landfall Area(s) :: Over Pingtung County, Southern Taiwan between 6-7pm todaywith a high Strike Probability of 90-100%.
What Philippine areas will be most affected?* :: None.
Potential Storm Surge/Coastal Flooding Areas+ :: None.
1-Day Forecast Outlook Summary**

MONDAY AFTERNOON: Weakens to a Tropical Depression (TD) after making landfall over Southern Taiwan…about 293 km north-northwest of Fuzhou, China [2PM July 31: 28.4N 117.9E @ 45kph].  Confidence LevelLOW.

**Important Note: Please be reminded that the Forecast Outlook changes every 6 hours, and the Day 2 and 3 Forecast Track has an average error of 100 and 250 km respectively…while the wind speed forecast error, averages 35 km/hr per day. Therefore, a turn to the left or right of its future track and changes in its wind speed must be anticipated from time to time.

Other Storm Info > 24 hr. Rain Accumulation (across its circulation): 25 to 300 mm [Light to Heavy]

> Minimum Central Pressure: 996 millibars (hPa)

> Size of Circulation [Convective Cloud-Based, in diameter]: 615 km (Small)

> Area of Damaging Winds (100 kph or more wind gusts): None.

Additional Distances Time/Date: 5:00 PM PhT Sun July 30, 2017
Location of Center/Eye: Near 22.4º N Lat 120.1º E Lon
Distance 1: 311 km SSE of Quanzhou, China
Distance 2: 370 km NNW of Calayan Island, Cagayan
Distance 3: 470 km N of Laoag  City, Ilocos Norte
Distance 4: 485 km NNW of Santa Ana, Cagayan
Distance 5: 872 km N of Metro Manila

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Issued by: John Christian B. Lequiron for WeatherPhilippines

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