*UPDATE* typhoon BUALOI is now crossing the Marianas as a Category 4 typhoon, continues rapidly strengthening
Typhoon Bualoi continues strengthening today and is now already major Category 4 typhoon. As of 18 UTC today, Oct 21st, Bualoi was already a Category 4 typhoon with 135 mph sustained winds! It is now crossing the northern Marianas and is expected to head towards Japan’s Iwo Jima island by Thursday while increasigly likely gaining additional until then.
Here is some impressive satellite imagery of Bualoi while it was nearing Mariana islands today. Typhoon Bualoi is currently packing sustained winds of 115 kt / 135 mph / 215 km/h, with central pressure around 947 mbar.
Typhoon #Bualoi is nearing the Northern Mariana Islands and will cross the islands late Monday night/early Tuesday. A turn toward the N is expected on Wednesday, then toward the NE Thursday which should mean Bualoi passes E of #Japan Friday & Saturday. pic.twitter.com/2ol6VBwC11
— Jason Nicholls (@jnmet) October 21, 2019
Radar animations of the tiny eye and eyewall of Bualoi while it was approaching Mariana islands today – quite impressive structure of this rapidly intensifying typhoon!
— Meteorologist Johnny Parker (@JohnnyParker012) October 21, 2019
Bualoi certainly has the bigger eye of the two.
Here's the new Radar GIF I made.
RIDGE radar image : NWS pic.twitter.com/NSm1axLvfv
— Emmanuel Enriquez (@WXappraiser) October 21, 2019
Latest model forecast for Ocean Heat Content (OHC) indicates Bualoi will remain in very favorable conditons for another 24-36 hours, so additional strengthening is expected.
Stay tuned for further updates!