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USAGI Intensifies to Super Typhoon Force

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

Super Typhoon USAGI punching 260-km winds, gusting 315 km/h

USAGI, the planet’s most powerful storm so far this year, and measuring abut 1,100km wide, is moving toward southern Taiwan, packing sustained winds of 260km/h with wind gusts in excess of 315km/h.

As of 03:00UTC on September 20, 2013, SUPER TYPHOON  USAGI (TY 17W, or 1319) was located near 19.0ºN 125.0ºE, about 700km NE of Manila, Philippines and was tracking northwestward at about 15km/h  causing significant wave heights of about 18 meters.

The Monster Typhoon’s outer bands have been lashing northern Luzon for the past few hours, dumping significant amounts of rain.

The center of the storm is predicted to pass near southern Taiwan, but its northeast quadrant, usually the most powerful, could lash Taiwan’s southern half, dumping more than 320mm of rain.

USAGI is forecast to track toward Hong Kong By Sunday, but would become weakened by landfall.

super typhoon USAGI
Typhoon USAGI (17W, or 1319). Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-19 @ 01:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

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Typhoon USAGI (17W, or 1319) Projected Path. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

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Typhoon USAGI Eying Taiwan

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

USAGI  has intensified into a Cat 2 typhoon in the NW Pacific Ocean

Typhoon USAGi (TY 17W) has strengthened into a Cat 2 Cyclone, moving slowly toward southern Taiwan.

Typhoon USAGI (1319)

  • Date and Time: 2013/09/19 00:00UTC
  • Location: 16.9ºN, 128.3ºE
  • Movement: WNW [245º] changing to NW 9km/hr increasing to 14km/hr
  • Minimum Pressure: 955 hpa
  • Maximum Wind Speed:  170km/hr (90kt)
  • Gusts: 205km/hr (110kt)

Several models predict USAGI could intensify into a Cat 4 Cyclone before reaching southern Taiwan region.

TY USAGI
Typhoon USAGI (1319). Visible/Shorwave IR Image. 2013-09-19 @ 01:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC. FIRE-EARTH Enhancement.

USAGI projected path
Typhoon USAGI Projected Path. Source: Japan Meteorological Agency.

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