August 9th, 2015

Update: Typhoon Soudelor

Posted at 8:50 AM ET

soudelor-8-8smFollowing the 15 UTC update of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on August 8, Typhoon Soudelor carries one-minute sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kilometers per hour), equivalent to a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Soudelor has a pressure of 970 millibars according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

A second landfall is imminent over Mainland China. Soudelor should weaken rapidly over the next 24 hours while recurving to the north. Wind impacts will be most severe for areas adjacent to the center of circulation as it moves inland. The storm will continue to bring heavy rain and wind over a widespread area of Eastern Mainland China.


Position and JTWC Best Track Forecast. Source: JTWC

Soudelor made first landfall on the East coast of Taiwan early Saturday local time. The typhoon carried one-minute sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kilometers per hour) just prior to landfall according to the JTWC. This was equivalent to a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Soudelor then weakened with land and topography interaction before emerging into the Taiwan Strait.

The topography of Taiwan amplified rainfall amounts to excessive levels. Unofficial rainfall amounts generally exceed 300 millimeters with some local reports exceeding 1300 millimeters. Initial media reports indicate severe flash flooding and mudslides with extensive damage to some areas. Wind damage has also been reported with widespread power outages.

Local watches and warnings from official meteorological agencies, and statements from local emergency management agencies, supersede this update and should be closely heeded concerning matters of personal safety.

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