Friday, June 15, 2018

Tropical Depression 08W (ESTER) StormWatch No. 01


Tropical Depression 08W (ESTER) StormWatch No. 01




Issued at: 7:30 AM PhT (23:30 GMT) Friday 15 June 2018
Next update: 7:00 AM PhT (23:00 GMT), Saturday 16 June 2018
Current Status and OutlookThe LPA over the South China Sea, west of the Bashi Channel has intensified into Tropical Depression (TD) 08W, with a local name "ESTER, and entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) late last night.  It is now traversing the southern part of Taiwan and will eventually leave the northern border of the PAR late tonight or early Saturday morning (June 16).
Where is 08W (ESTER)?As of 5:00 AM PhT today, June 15…2100 GMT. The center was located over Southern Taiwan (near 22..7N 120.7E), about 282 km north-northwest of Basco, Batanes or 273 km south-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan
How strong is it?Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 55 kph near the center…Gustiness: 75 kph
Past Movement (06 hrs)ENE @ 07 kph, towards Yaeyama and Okinawa Island Chains.
Forecast Highlights
  • The Global Typhoon Forecast Models (GTFM) are predicting this system to become a minimal  Tropical Storm (TS) within the next 12 to 24 hours and shall move generally east-northeastward across the Yaeyama Island Chain off the East Taiwan Sea, and will eventually exit the northern border of PAR late tonight or early Saturday morning (June 16). The forecast confidence is currently at Medium.
  • Based on the current forecast, TD 08W (ESTER) will have no direct effect and landfall over the Philippine Islands.
  • This depression will continue to induce the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) and bring occasional rains with thunderstorms across the Western Sections of Luzon including Metropolitan Manila and will be more frequent along the Ilocos Region through the weekend. Please refer to our 12 to 24-hour WeatherPhilippines Rain Alerts at
  • The next 24-hour StormWatch Update will be issued at 7:00 am tomorrow, Friday, June 16.

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Issued by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines


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