BOPHA threatens western Luzon…

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VIS 2012-12-08 0330Z (from NOAA)

Severe Typhoon BOPHA (T1224/26W) is located near 17N 117E… over the central part of the South China Sea… The storm re-intensified yesterday as it moved away from the Philippines… Persistent ventilation to the northeast assisted the recent intensification…

Westerly wind shear is severe to the north of 17N… Upper level westerlies will shear BOPHA’s convection away from the centre… resulting in a gradual decrease in intensity… SeTY BOPHA is forecast to weaken into a Severe Tropical Storm later tomorrow or on Monday…

The weakening cyclone will then be steered by low level northeasterlies early next week… BOPHA will move equatorward and continue to weaken and dissipate over the South China Sea…

Swells may occur in offshore waters of the territory… Pay attention to the weather and sea conditions when playing water sports during the weekend…

Residents in Luzon should pay attention to BOPHA’s motion… Precautionary measures are required if BOPHA moves further to the east than expected… Heavy rain and Gale Force winds may affect the region… especially western Luzon…

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