Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Typhoon Parma - West Pacific

Chart Courtesy of Hong Kong Observatory - Typhoon Parma at 08:00 HKT 30 September 2009
Tracking Tropical Storm Parma

A severe tropical storm has formed in the Western Pacific Ocean. As of this initial posting, the storm is located approximately 160 NM Northeast of Palau. It has been upgraded to a typhoon based on intensity estimates. A typhoon is a tropical storm with sustained winds in excess of 119 km/h or approximately 74 mph. If this storm were in the Atlantic, it would be called a hurricane.

As a service to my clients and blog readers we will provide updates on this storm as details become available. We have also provided links to useful websites for tracking this potentially dangerous storm.

If necessary, ship advisories will be posted in this blog post. For anyone traveling in the Western Pacific Ocean, we suggest that you closely monitor this and the other tropical storms that are currently active in that region.

HKO UPDATE: Typhoon 19w (parma) located approximately 200 nm north-northeast of Manila, Philippines, has tracked northwestward at 12 knots over the past six hours. The system is currently approaching the northeastern tip of Luzon, Philippines and is expected to make landfall in the next 6 hours before moving back over water in the Luzon Strait.

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Typhoon Tracking - Useful Links

Example: 301500Z = 11:00 AM EDT on the 30th

Tropical storms pose a threat to land and sea. Cruise ships closely monitor the progress of storms and take the necessary actions to remain safe. Safety of passengers and crew are the number one priority for each cruise line.

This severe storm will be monitored until it is no longer a threat.

1 comment:

Greg Funtemayor said...

It is sad to hear this tragedy.

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