Typhoon Matmo (Bagyong Henry) is now nearing Taiwan and will likely make landfall there in 3 to 6 hours. Winds of up to 200kph and heavy rains of 50mm per hour are already being reported along the eastern coast. Weather conditions in Taiwan will continue deteriorating overnight as the system crosses the island. Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update for more info on the rains and where the system will head.
Radar Image from CWB
Latest radar image from the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan shows the eye of Matmo in relation to the island. Bands of light to moderate rains, with some pockets of Heavy Rains, continue to move from the east. Taitung and Hualien Counties are already seeing significant rains which will only get worse as they spread westward across much of Taiwan. CWB has already issued numerous Heavy Rain Advisories in the area. For the latest Radar Images and warnings, please click HERE (CWB Website)
Based on the latest computer model output, we’re expecting anywhere from 300 to 500mm of rain to fall across Taiwan over the next 24 hours. However, mountainous locations may receive up to 800mm of rain. This will increase the chances of landslides and flooding especially in low-lying areas and in the valleys. We’ve highlighted the potential for significant flooding especially in Hualien County as it will be on the right side of the circulation as Matmo makes landfall later tonight.
Matmo will weaken as it exits into the Taiwan Strait by tomorrow morning and then make landfall in Fujian Province in China by tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday). It will rapidly weaken as it moves farther inland but will still be bringing widespread rains in the region.
Please follow the forecasts and warnings of your local officials! We’ll keep you updated on our website as well, and as always stay safe!