Typhoon Nepartak has made landfall in South East Taiwan as a Violent Typhoon with winds gusting near up to 256kph in Lanyu Island. Already we have seen reports of damage in Taitung where the storm came shore around 0500TST.
- Numerous flights in and out of Taipei and across the island have also been cancelled halting travel over pretty much the entire island.
- Max wind gust have been seen in Lanyu up to 256kph. That is at a higher elevation though, Taitung near sea level in SE Taiwan reported 200kph.
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- Ishigaki and Miyako Jima have also been side swiped by the storm. Max winds reported here is up to 76kph. Good news these islands are built for these kind of storms but the storm will be keeping people hunkered down through Friday afternoon.
- The mountains of Taiwan continue to do their classic job of squeezing out the moisture from the storm. With peaks nearly 3,000 meters high this range stops nearly all the rainfall from crossing the island.
Landslides are always a major problem with land falling storms in Taiwan, often coastal roads can be blocked and impassible especially just north of Hualien City along the east coast. The photo below shows where the highest threats of flooding and landslides are located.
This is a look at the radar image from Nepartak as it made landfall.
LOW PRESSURE BUOY REPORT
A buoy off the east coast of Taiwan reported a low pressure of 897hpa. If this is validated JMA may need to re-analyze the lowest pressure on the storm from the lowest of 900hpa.
Landfall in China
The storm very well could re-intensify over the Taiwan Strait before slamming in to Fujian and then tracking north along the China East Coast. This is extremely problematic as that entire area continues to deal with flooding from the rainy season front this past month. This past week alone over 120 people have died and millions have been effected by the floods.
The ground obviously already Saturday and with rivers overflowing additional rainfall will only spell for additional flooding. Especially for those locations in the Yangzi river basin.
Record Breaking Slow Season
Despite this storm being so strong we have seen one of the longest streaks with no Typhoons in Recorded history and also the second latest named storm to ever form in the basin this year.
Conditions have just not been favorable for storm development with high shear really tearing apart any storms that even had a idea of forming in to a named system. This has a lot to do with the dynamics in the West Pacicic and how the atmosphere has been changing from a El Nino State to a La Nina one. Regardless it sure has made for some unusually calm weather recently. Especially coming off of the record breaking 2015 Typhoon Season.