Typhoon Bavi is the eighth storm of 2020’s Pacific typhoon season. Bavi follows Severe Tropical Storm Higos, which was first reported in mid-August
Typhoon Bavi is the eighth storm of 2020’s Pacific typhoon season. Bavi follows Severe Tropical Storm Higos, which was first reported in mid-August. Here are the latest updates, maps and charts for Typhoon Bavi.
The system strengthened into Tropical Storm Bavi on Saturday morning local time, after bringing heavy rain to parts of the Philippines late last week.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has now upgraded Bavi to typhoon status.
As of the latest JTWC update, Typhoon Bavi was located approximately 108 nautical miles (approx. 124 miles) west-northwest of Kadena Air Base in Japan.
The system has been tracking in a northeastward direction, at a speed of five knots (approx. 6mph) over the past six hours.
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According to AccuWeather, Typhoon Bavi is expected to “continue on a northeastward trajectory”, to the west of the Ryukyu Islands at the start of this week.
Heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts are forecast during this time.
AccuWeather Lead International Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said: “Damaging winds will be possible across the Ryukyu Islands depending on the intensity of the system as it passes by.”
AccuWeather added: “Current indications show wind gusts of 80-95 km/h (50-60 mph) are possible that can lead to sporadic power outages and some down tree branches.”
Bavi is then expected to make landfall in North Korea’s Hwanghae Province on Thursday.
According to the latest update from the JTWC, Typhoon Bavi currently has maximum sustained winds of 70 knots (approx. 81mph).
However, Typhoon Bavi is also recording maximum wind gusts of 85 knots (approx. 98mph).
Over the next 12 hours, Typhoon Bavi is forecast to intensify to maximum sustained winds of 85 knots (approx 98mph), with gusts of 105 knots (approx. 121mph) possible.
The Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) forecast Bavi will strengthen to its peak wind speeds on Tuesday, August 25 to Wednesday, August 26.
At 6pm on Tuesday local time, Typhoon Bavi is forecast to hold maximum sustained wind speeds of 162km/h (100mph), with the potential for higher gusts.
According to the KMA, the system is forecast to sustain these high wind speeds at 6am on Wednesday local time, before starting to weaken slightly byWednesday evening.
The JTWC is also warning that a maximum significant wave height of 27 feet could be possible.