Tropical cyclone activity is increasing in the Western Pacific as the new month begins, with two tropical storms currently active in the Western Pacific- Tropical Storms Chaba and Aere, both of which could affect land.
Tropical Storm Chaba
- Yellow Typhoon Warning on Hainan Province; Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Jiangmen, Zhuhai Districts, Guangdong Province.
- Blue Typhoon Warning on the rest of Hainan Province.
- Typhoon Warning Signal No. 8 on Hong Kong, and expected upgrade to the same warning signal on Macau by 21:30 01 July.
Tropical Storm Aere
- Storm Gale Advisory on Daito Jima Region, Okinawa Prefecture
Tropical Storm Chaba is nearing typhoon strength. On its latest advisory by the Hong Kong Observatory, Chaba has 10-minute sustained winds of 110 kph (70 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 975 millibars. It is currently located 370 kilometers south-southwest of Hong Kong, moving towards the northwest at a speed of 15 kph.
Tropical Storm Aere is slowly strengthening. Japan Meteorological Agency put the storm with 10-minute winds of 75 kph (45 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 998 millibars. It is located 610 kilometers southeast of Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, moving to the north-northeast direction at a speed of 20 kph.
Tropical Storm Chaba is forecast to intensify into the second typhoon of the season before its landfall tomorrow in western Guangdong Province. Typhoon-force winds are expected near the landfall area and gale-force winds will be experienced in Hainan and Guangdong Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Heavy rains that cause flooding are also forecast to be experienced in the said region.
Tropical Storm Aere is expected to intensify slowly before making landfall on Okinawa’s main island. Tropical storm force winds are expected within the Okinawa Prefecture tomorrow. It will then move into the East China Sea before making landfall in Nagasaki Prefecture and again in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Tuesday, still as a tropical storm. Strong winds and rain are still expected in the islands of Kyushu and Shikoku, and the southwest portion of Honshu.
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