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Typhoon Nepartak Tracks West Towards Fujian, Leaves 2 Dead in Taiwan

Typhoon Nepartak has left two dead over 60 injured in Taiwan after the storm slammed in to the island.

Key Points

    • Two people were killed and over 60 injured according to associated press.
    • 35,000 people were evacuated in Taiwan ahead of the storm.
    • 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.
    • 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.  mountain
    • The storm is now moving in to Eastern China. A area that has already been swamped by recent heavy rainfall due to the seasonal rainy season front.
    • Check out the latest sat imagery at this link. 
    • Latest JMA WARNING HERE.
    • Follow James Reynolds @earthuncuttv and Josh Morgerman (Facebook icyclone) on Twitter and Facebook. They are some of the worlds most experienced storm chasers and will be documenting the inside of this Super Typhoon.

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.

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The worst of the rains will be in Fujian Province through Saturday but depending on how the storm moves north and how much rains out over Fujian will make the biggest difference between how much rainfall will occur in the area.

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The worst hit areas have been in the Yangzi river basin this past week. The video below is just one of many showing flooding that has  hit this area.

LOW PRESSURE BUOY REPORT

A buoy off the east coast of Taiwan from the University 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.

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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.

Record Breaking Late Start to the Tropical Season

Record Breaking Late Start to the Tropical Season

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