Typhoon Haikui: Storm batters China after enhancing SWM in the Philippines

By on Aug 10, 2012 in Weather Comments
Typhoon Haiku track

Typhoon Haiku track
Image Credit: AIR Worldwide

Typhoon Haikui (or Haiku) has made a landfall in the area of Hepu Township in Xiangshan County of China’s Zhejiang Province at 3:20 am local time Wednesday, August 8, according to a posted alert by AIR Worldwide.

The category 1 storm is reportedly moving with a maximum sustained winds of 138 km per hour.

The storm has weakened considerably since landfall. However, Haikui is expected to bring heavy rains according to Dr. Peter Sousounis, senior principal atmospheric scientist at AIR.

In a recent statement, Sousounis explained that “The storm’s winds have been weakening over land and are expected to continue to do so. However, Haikui will continue to deliver large amounts of rain, raising the risk of landslides and flooding in inland locations along the storm’s projected trajectory.”

Sousounis further added that “Haikui is expected to maintain its present movement (west northwest) as it tracks from northwestern Zhejiang Province into Anhui Province. A cold frontal system to the north is not strong enough to redirect Haikui towards Shanghai as was earlier thought. Because of the storm’s large size, the duration of heavy rain will likely be more than 24 hours by the time it leaves Zheijiang Province late tonight (local time).”

AIR senior leader also pointed out that the “weakened winds and slow-moving nature of Haikui after landfall make flooding the predominant threat. Some isolated areas have received over 200 millimeters [7 7/8 inches], and another 150 to 250 millimeters are expected to fall as Haikui continues inland, with some isolated locations receiving even greater amounts of precipitation.”

Earlier this week, Typhoon Haikui enhanced the southwest monsoon in the Philippines that brought heavy rains and flooded several areas including its capital, Manila.

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