Tropical Storm “Noru” – known as Karding in the Philippines – formed east of the Philippines on September 22 as the 16th named storm of the 2022 Pacific typhoon season. The storm is moving WSW at 25 km/h (15 mph) and is expected to make landfall along the east coast of Aurora or the northern portion of Quezon, Luzon on September 25.
At 09:00 UTC on September 24, the center of Tropical Storm “Noru” (Karding) was located about 641 km (398 miles) east-northeast of Manila, Philippines.
Its maximum 10-minute sustained winds were 120 km/h (75 mph), with gusts up to 175 km/h (110 mph), while maximum 1-minute sustained winds were at 100 km/h (65 mph).
The minimum central barometric pressure was 980 hPa, and the system was moving west-southwest at 17 km/h (10 mph).
Noru is forecast to track generally west-southwestward to westward towards the east coast of Aurora or the northern portion of Quezon, where it is likely to make landfall tomorrow afternoon (LT).
After crossing central Luzon, the tropical cyclone is forecast to emerge over the West Philippine Sea tomorrow late evening (LT) or Monday early morning. It will then continue tracking westward over the West Philippine Sea.
PAGASA forecasters expect Noru to intensify into a typhoon in the next 12 hours and possibly further intensify prior to landfall.
While it is likely for this tropical cyclone to slightly weaken due to land interaction during its traverse over Central Luzon, it is highly likely that Noru will remain a typhoon while crossing the landmass.
Noru is expected to reach a peak intensity of 165 km/h (100 mph) before making secondary landfall, near Da Nang, Vietnam on September 27.
Featured image: Tropical Storm “Noru” at 07:50 UTC on September 24, 2022. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers
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