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Tropical Storm 03W Forms in South China Sea After 5-Week “Break”

15.9N 114.3E

June 18th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm 03W - June 18th, 2009

Tropical Storm 03W - June 18th, 2009

TS03W - enhanced image

TS03W - enhanced image

Track of TS03W © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS03W

Following five weeks of hiatus since Typhoon Chan-Hom, a tropical storm has taken shape over the South China Sea off the northern Philippines.

Tropical Storm Three (03W) formed on Wednesday, local time, west of northern Luzon Island and about 300 miles south-southeast of Hong Kong.

It is currently located approximately 336 nautical miles southwest of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, after tracking east-northeastward at 2 knots over the past six hours.

Tropical Storm 03W will loiter nearly stationary for a day or two over the open South China Sea before tracking towards the northeast between Philippines and Taiwan.

Maximum significant wave height is currently 11 feet. Weather impact likely will be greatest over northwestern Luzon Island, Philippines, where flooding rain could fall between Thursday and Saturday.

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