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Another tropical depression has formed southeast of Japan. Set to strengthen and recurve to the northeast. Fuller update later:

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JMA have upgraded the depression to Tropical Storm Molave. Molave has a rather broad and elongated structure with a partially exposed LLCC. Whilst the storm is so broad, strengthening will be slow. Molave is expected to intensify as shear is low and waters warm for now.

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Molave's winds have increased to 45kts according to JMA, who are still warning on this system. JTWC have downgraded Molave to a subtropical low however. Either way, the LLCC is partially exposed and the associated convection shallow. Molave is forecasted to strengthen a little more by JMA as it recurves to the northeast southeast of Japan.

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Convection has become deeper over the circulation of Molave today, which prompted JTWC to reclassify the system as a tropical storm this morning. Winds are at 45kts according to JMA and JTWC. Some strengthening is anticipated, but it will be tempered by shear. In a few days, Molave will become extratropical as it continues northeast.

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Molave peaked at 50kts. Extratropical transition is now well underway as waters cool beneath the system, and shear remains high.

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