Kammuri has intensified into a typhoon on its way toward the Philippines. According to the state weather agency PAGASA, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (74 mph) near the center and gusts of up to 150 km/h (93 mph) as of November 28, 2019, at 02:00 UTC. It's moving west-northwestward at 10 km/h (6 mph).
It is set to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Saturday evening, November 30, to Sunday morning, December 1, and from then it will be locally called "Tisoy".
Image credit: PAGASA
NOAA-20 provided a visible image of Kammuri on Nov. 26 at 0354 UTC (Nov. 25 at 10:54 p.m. EST) which shows it is consolidating and strengthening. The image showed bands of thunderstorms wrapping into its low level center. Image credit: NOAA/NRL
The center of typhoon was estimated based on all available data at 1 430 km (888 miles) east of the Visayas region.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 may be raised over the eastern parts of the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas area on Sunday, December 2, said PAGASA. Furthermore, sea travel disruption may be experienced in these areas. Steady intensification is expected throughout the forecast period.
The storm's outer rainbands may bring widespread rains and thunderstorms over the said areas on Monday, December 2.
Typhoon "Kammuri" on November 28, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS
Image credit: JTWC
Image credit: JTWC
By November 29, Kammuri will be 1 545 km (960 miles) east of southern Luzon, and 1 415 km (879 miles) on November 30. It is predicted to enter the country's jurisdiction by December 1, located 1 005 km (624 miles) east of southern Luzon.
— weathermodels.com (@weathermodels_) November 27, 2019
#Kammuri has become a Typhoon as it continues to strengthen. As the storm heads west towards the Philippines, favorable environmental conditions will allow the system to rapidly intensify into a powerful storm, likely a super typhoon. Models continue to remain consistent. pic.twitter.com/xSAjBL3lBW
— Riley Doxsee (@HurricaneRiley5) November 27, 2019
The Philippines is hosting the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this year, and there are fears that the storm may affect several venues. Organizers, however, assured that a contingency plan is being drafted to prepare for the approaching typhoon.
Featured image credit: Himawari/weathernerds.org. Acquired Nov. 28, 2019
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