Typhoon "Bavi" formed north of the Philippine archipelago on August 21, 2020, as the 8th named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. The system was located in conditions conducive for rapid strengthening and by 12:00 UTC on August 22, Bavi was a Severe Tropical Storm (JMA).
As of 06:00 UTC on August 23, the center of Severe Tropical Storm "Bavi" was located about 290 km (180 miles) west of Kume Island, Okinawa, Japan.
The storm had maximum 10-minute sustained winds of 100 km/h (65 mph), 1-minute sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph) and gusts up to 150 km/h (90 mph).
Bavi's minimum central pressure at the time was 990 hPa. It was moving toward the Korean Peninsula at 13 km/h (8 mph).
The system is expected to continue moving toward the peninsula in the days ahead and peak at 185 km/h (115 mph) by 06:00 UTC on August 25.
The current forecast track takes it toward eastern North Korea, with landfall expected on August 26.
Typhoon "Bavi" at 07:30 UTC on August 23, 2020. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
Featured image: Typhoon "Bavi" at 07:30 UTC on August 23, 2020. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
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