Sunday, June 15, 2014

Emergency measures initiate as Typhoon Hagibis approaches China

China initiated emergency response measures on Sunday as Hagibis, the first typhoon this year, is expected to make landfall on the country’s east coast within a few hours.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters asked local authorities in Fujian, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Hainan provinces to step up their monitoring efforts, and call ships and offshore workers to return to port.

The country’s meteorological authorities forecast the typhon will hit south and east China’s Guangdong and Fujian provinces between Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. 

Torrential rain and storms are expected to inundate a wide area over the next three days, with precipitation up to 170 milimeters.
  • Hagibis Makes Landfall in Southeast China
By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist 
Tropical Storm Hagibis, that has been churning in northern parts of the South China Sea, made landfall near Shantou, China on Sunday evening, local time.

Heavy rain fell mainly over far eastern Guangdong province, with over 2 inches in Shantou as of Sunday night. Another 1-3 inches is likely in the area as the storm moves slowly inland, with total rainfall storm amounts of 3-6 inches likely.

Some sporadic power outages are possible where the strongest wind gusts reach up to 60 mph near the coast, but winds will likely diminish rapidly inland.

Flooding will also be a concern, particularly along fast-responding waterways and in areas of poor drainage. Thunderstorms in outer bands may also lead to an isolated tornado across Fujian.

Hagibis will continue to weaken as it heads further inland Monday, but heavy rain and potential flooding problems will still accompany it across Fujian province into Monday night.


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