Typhoon NOUL/Dodong – off Bicol

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong 2015-05-09

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong is now off the coast of Bicol and has been upgraded to a Category 3 Typhoon. The cyclone has gained a little bit of strength when it moved on a generally northwesterly track. 

Here in Camiguin we have sunny weather but no electricity. Fortunately the solar panels produce enough power, so I can write this newest report. The central pressure of Typhoon NOUL/Dodong has further decreased from 950 to 944 hPa.Wind speed has increased from 175 to 185 km/h near the center. Gusts are now up to 220 km/h.

NOUL/Dodong all tracks

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong 2015-05-09

There is a real chance that Typhoon NOUL/Dodong will pass by northern Luzon and later will touch the Batanes Group of Islands. The pressure distribution over continental China is extremely fragile. The famous butterfly flying up from a flower in Hong Kong could move the typhoon by many kilometers.

The Track

Typhoon NOUL/Dodong 2015-05-09

JMA predicts that the cyclone will get stronger today and will become a Typhoon Category 4 by this afternoon. At this moment the 50 kt wind area around the center will grow larger. Event without landfall, the coasts of Isabela will encounter high waves and very strong winds.

PAGASA declares the following storm signals:

Storm Signal #3 (winds of 121- 170 km/h):
– Cagayan
– Isabela
– Northern Aurora

Storm Signal #2 (winds of 61- 120 km/h):
– Calayan and Babuyan Group of Island
– Apayao, Kalinga
– Mt. Province
– Nueva Vizcaya
– Ifugao
– Rest of Aurora
– Polillo Island
– Catanduanes-
– Qurino

NOUL/Dodong Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): NOUL / Dodong
Class: Typhoon Category 3
Time/Date of observation: 05:00 AM on May 09, 2015
Location of Center: 13.6º North 137.5º East
Moving Direction and Speed: West @ 20 km/h
Moving towards: Nort-East Luzon
Distance from the Philippines: 360 km ESE of Pandan, Catanduanes
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: Sunday evening
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 185 km/h
Peak Wind Gusts: 220 km/h
Minimum Central Pressure: 944 hPa
Diameter: 500 km
24h Rainfall near Center: 50 – 200 mm
Max. Wave Height: 7 – 10 m
Here you find how to read and understand this data 


Nearly real-time storm information

Next update as soon as we have again power here in Camiguin.

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