• GONI passed over the Ishigaki and west of Miyako islands, southern Okinawa prefecture, as a Typhoon on 23 August. On 24 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 158km west of Amami islands and it had max. sust. Winds of 204 km/h.
• Over the next 24h, GONI is forecast to move north-east towards western Kyushu in southern mainland Japan, passing west of the rest of Okinawa prefecture and west of Kagoshima prefecture islands, as well. Its intensity will decrease, but it will remain a Typhoon. It may reach Kyushu on late 24 August.
• Typhoon GONI weakened as it approached the Babuyan group of islands in the Strait of Luzon. On 21 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located 40km south-east of Babuyan Island and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 185km/h.
Cuba – Drought
• Lack of rain from May to June has affected 68% of the country (11 provinces).
• Authorities refer to the current drought as the worst in the last 115 years. In Guantanamo, water usually used for agriculture is now used for human consumption.
• GONI (named “**INENG**” in the Philippines) formed over the northern Pacific Ocean, south-east of Guam, on 14 August. From there, it started moving north-west, intensifying.
• Typhoon SOUDELOR made landfall in Hualien county (Taiwan, late 7 August) and Fujian province (south-eastern mainland China, 8 August UTC), affecting the areas along its path with heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge.
• SOUDELOR is moving west-northwest over the Philippine Sea towards Taiwan, as an intense Typhoon. On 7 August, at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 204 km/h (equivalent to Category 3).
After a period of rapid intensification on August 1, Typhoon Soudelor became the sixth category 5 storm of 2015. While the storm weakened during the ensuing days, meteorologists think it could undergo another period of intensification before hitting central Taiwan as a category 3 or 4 storm on August 8.