Typhoon 05W (Guchol/Butchoy) is now a Super Typhoon as JTWC make the upgrade in their 1500UTC bulletin. The system is currently located approximately 680NM South of Kadena and is tracking northwestward at 12knot. The eye of the system is clearly visible now from the latest radar imagery with Max Wind at 130kt and Gust 160kt. The system latest position is at 15.0N, 129.8E. The system is expected to be heading towards the Okinawa Island and then moving further into the Japan mainland in the next 24 to 48 hour. Attached below a side to side comparison for the forecast track by JTWC and JMA.
At the mean time, in the South China Sea, we are currently watching Invest 92W just 220NM South Southwest of Hong Kong or much more nearer to Hainan Island. JMA has upgraded this area as a Tropical Depression while JTWC still tagging this area as a Low Pressure Area with a LOW possibility for Tropical Cyclone development. Information from JMA indicates that the system is currently located at 19.2N, 111.9E, hPA 998 with winds at 30kt with a almost stationary movement. The storm is expected to intensify in the next 24 hour moving East North East with Winds at 35kt.
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Data Courtesy of: JMA, JTWC, RSMC JAPAN, NOAA, RAMMB, NRL MRY