Severe Tropical Storm Phanfone's Landfall Expected Tomorrow

Similar to Atlantic "Tropical Storm"
Posted at 8:46 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 20:56:38-05

A tropical system has developed off the coast of the Philippines in the last 24 hours. The Japan Meteorological Agency named this system Severe Tropical Storm Phanfone yesterday, and it is poised to make landfall in the Philippines tomorrow afternoon (local time). Heavy rains will be the primary risk with this system, as it is forecasted to dump several inches of rain over a large chunk of the island nation. There is also an elevated risk for mudslides in rugged terrain.

While this system is forecasted to reach the equivalent intensity of a "Tropical Storm", damaging winds will be of concern especially in the right front quadrant. Gusty winds and rain showers will be possible through Wednesday as the system enters the South China Sea, where it will encounter high wind shear, which will inhibit further development. Improving conditions are expected int he Philippines on Thursday.