Typhoon SEPAT (EGAY) maintained its intensification process over the Philippine Sea...now at Category 2 with winds of 160 km/hr...remains a threat to Extreme Northern Luzon and Taiwan.
+ Forecast Outlook: SEPAT is expected to continue moving Westerly for the next 12 to 24 hours before turning WNW tomorrow afternoon - reaching projected peak winds of 195 km/hr (Category 3). The 3 to 5-day forecast calls for SEPAT to accelerate NW'ly across the Northern Philippine Sea, towards Batanes-Taiwan Area. It shall pass very close to the NE of Batanes around Friday afternoon, Aug 17 & reach the Southern Coast of Taiwan early Saturday morning, Aug 18 before making landfall over Southern Taiwan. Weakening is expected Saturday afternoon as the typhoon crosses the rugged mountainous terrain of Taiwan. It shall be off SE China (2nd landfall) as a weakened Tropical Storm on Sunday afternoon, Aug 19.
<font style="color: rgb(108, 0, 54); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12px;">+ Effects: SEPAT remains an average-sized system with compact circulation, however this system may grow larger as it approaches Batanes-Taiwan area. The typhoon is not yet affecting any land mass at this time as it remains over sea.