Tropical cyclone formation alert; storm forming northeast of Manila
Published: July 20, 2012
8 p.m. Friday, July 20, Japan time: A possible tropical cyclone northeast of Manila is now the subject of a Joint Typhoon Warning Center formation alert, which was issued at 5 p.m. The disturbance appears headed west for the moment, into what JTWC calls a favorable area for development, so, very likely, PST is eyeballing the ninth storm of the northwest Pacific's tropical cyclone season.
While it appears to be moving away from Okinawa, the island is not out of the woods weatherwise. A system unrelated to the one near the Philippines will make Tuesday a wild and windy one for Okinawa. Kadena Air Base weather's long-range forecast calls for isolated showers and possible thunderstorms with southeasterly winds of between 23 and 35 mph and gusts between 40 and 52 mph..
Keep it here. PST will keep a lookout.