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Nangka Blows Through Philippines, Expected to Make Landfall Near Hong Kong

12.5N 117.4E

June 25th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm 04W (Nangka) - June 25th, 2009

Tropical Storm 04W (Nangka) - June 25th, 2009

TS04W - enhanced image

TS04W - enhanced image

Track of TS04W © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS04W

Tropical Storm 04W (Nangka), located approximately 185 nautical miles
northwest of Manila, Philippines has tracked north-northwestward at 11 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 14 feet.

Upper air soundings from Hainan and Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and the Philippines indicate a weakness in the subtropical ridge over southern mainland China. TS 04W is expected to track toward this weakness, which is forecast to remain over southern China throughout the forecast period.

Nangka is forecast to make landfall east of Hong Kong near TAU 48 and weaken rapidly. Moderate to high vertical wind shear over the South China Sea will prevent significant intensification through TAU 48.

As of 24 June, Nangka (known locally as Feria) has caused 6 deaths and left 11 people missing. Property damage from the storm is estimated at PHP 2.8 million (US$54,000).

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