Tropical Storm “Haima” formed on October 15, 2016, and is now a second active tropical cyclone in the northwestern Pacific. The system will rapidly intensify over the next couple of days, and is expected to develop into a violent typhoon, possibly even a Category 5 hurricane equivalent in a long range forecast. Haima could pass very close to northern Luzon in the coming week and because of its intensity, all neighboring interests are advised to remain on alert and monitor the system.
Tropical Storm “Haima” was located approximately 350 km (217.5 miles) east of Yap, FSM, and moving west-northwestward at 20.4 km/h (12.7 mph) on October 15, 2016, 15:00 UTC, according to the JTWC. The system was packing maximum sustained winds of 83.3 km/h (51.7 mph) with gusts up to 101.9 km/h (63.3 mph) while its minimum central pressure was estimated at 989 hPa.
Tropical Storm “Haima”, October 15, 2016. Image credit: NASA/NOAA/DoD Suomi NPP/VIIRS
Tropical Storm Haima, October 15, 2016, 13:30 UTC. Image credit: UW-CIMSS
According to the JTWC forecast, Haima will rapidly intensify into a violent typhoon, with maximum sustained winds reaching 203.7 km/h (126.6 mph) and gusts of 250 km/h (155 mph), over the next 48 hours, which makes it equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.
Over the next three days, the system’s maximum sustained winds will raise to 250 km/h (155 mph), and gust speeds will climb to 305.6 km/h (189.9 mph). In the long range forecast, Haima may develop into a dangerous Category 5 system, and close monitoring is recommended.
Tropical Storm “Haima” 5-day forecast track. Image credit: JTWC
Haima is expected to pass very close to northern Luzon during the next week, which makes it the second hurricane-strength system to pass the Philippines only a couple of days apart.
Typhoon “Sarika” is making landfall over the Visayas, Philippines today, October 15 and is forecast to continue moving into the South China Sea.
Featured image: Tropical Storm “Haima”, October 15, 2016. Image credit: NASA/Suomi NPP/VIIRS