MATMO Henry could become dangerous

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry continued on a nearly westward track and approached the Philippine islands during the last 24 hours. This morning the center was at 645 km east-northeast of Siargao Island. Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry is intensifying. 

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry troubles forecasters. Instead of moving straight north, it moved westward. You may want to compare with yesterday’s forecast …

Yesterday’s forecast is right, today’s forecast is left.

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry not only moved westward, it also got much stronger. The central pressure of the system went down from 996 to 985 hPa. Windspeeds increased from 65 km/h to 101 km/h near the center. Gustiness is now up at 148 km/h. Al storm data comes from JMA.

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry

The US navy forecast is a bit less menacing for the Philippines. But also the navy predicts that the storm will hit the Batanes Islands.

Tropical Storm MATMO/Henry

We just received a red alert from GDACS. GDACS is a cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide to improve alerts, information exchange and coordination in the first phase after major sudden-onset disasters.

MATMA/Henry Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): MATMA  /Henry
Class: Tropical Storm
Time/Date of observation: 05:00 AM on July 19, 2014
Location of Center: 11.2º North 131.0º East
Moving Direction and Speed: West @ 25 km/h
Moving towards: Batanes Islands
Distance from the Philippines: 655 km ENE of Surigao
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: n/a
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 101 km/h
Peak Wind Gusts: 148 km/h
Minimum Central Pressure: 985 hPa
Diameter: 445 km
24h Rainfall near Center: 200 – 450 mm
Max. Wave Height: n/a
Here you find how to read and understand this data 

 Nearly real-time storm information

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