Wednesday, July 31, 2013
New Tropical Storm JEBI - Pointing to HAINAN from the Philippines
A new storm known as Tropical Storm JEBI is now located between the Philippines and Hainan in the South China Sea, to the South East of HaNoi. This storm is moving very slowly, and has a bit of time to pick up strength before it reaches land. The forward motion is only 5 MPH, but it is already packing winds of 40 MPH with wind gusts of 50 MPH. Luckily, the Chinese mainland, including Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan are to the north of the forecasters track of this storm. Because of its slow forward motion, the storm is still having effect on the Philippines, as strong monsoonal moisture streams and even some landslides are affecting the country, mainly around the areas of Jebi to Visayas and Western Luzon. High waves have been one of the major threats from the system in the Philippines. The storm is expected to make landfall on late Friday going into Saturday, and China will also experience high waves from 2-4m high.