The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued advisories for two tropical systems in the western Pacific. Tropical Storm Kulap is located in the northwestern Pacific forecasted to move to the southwest. Current maximum sustained winds are near 35 knots at the center with higher gusts outside of the center. The JMA suggests that Kulap will strengthen slightly with having maximum sustained winds near 45 knots, however, the system will lose that strength in the next day. Another tropical system worth noting is Tropical Storm Noru which is centered just southwest of Kulap with maximum sustained winds near 35 knots. Noru is expected to remain almost stationary during the next three days. Noru is forecasted to strengthen to having maximum sustained winds near 70 knots by July 24, 2017, which would be a category 1 typhoon. On July 24, Noru is expected to slowly start moving east-southeast as a typhoon. Tropical Depression C is located in the South China Sea moving west-southwest very slowly. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 knots and is expected to strengthen to 35 knots. The forecast period for this system is only until July 21, 2017, which means the next few days are uncertain as far as location and strength. Out of the three systems, C is the closest to land, Kulap is moving the fastest, and Noru is forecasted to become the strongest.
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ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell