Tropical Storm Morakot Moving Westward26.4N 127.2E
Tropical Storm Morakot (09W), located approximately 325 nautical miles southeast of Okinawa, Japan, has tracked westward at 10 knots over the past six hours.
Animated multispectral imagery shows convection consolidating into the center of a very large circulation along with deep convective bands wrapping into the southern side of the circulation center.
Good radial outflow, along with venting into a tropical upper tropospheric trough to the east, is also evident.
An AMSU image shows curved inflow lines on the surface wrapping into a low level circulation center along with deep convective curved banding in the southwest quadrant of the system.
The system is continuing to track westward under the steering influence of a sub-tropical ridge to the north, and is expected to reach mainland China. Maximum significant wave height is 19 feet.