Nine have been killed and at least 18 are missing following days of heavy rainfall in Eastern China brought in by the remnants of Nepartak this past weekend.
Video from Fujian province shows what can only be described as devastation as flood waters surged through city streets and homes were toppled as their foundations became washed out.
The deaths were all in the south-eastern province of Fujian, where the typhoon made landfall, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement on its website.
Numerous roads have been washed out, crops damaged and homes destroyed. Local officials estimate the total damage top 130 million dollars.
This storm alone was bad enough but it came after weeks of heavy rainfall due to the annual rainy season front that brought a extra amount of rainfall this year. Already in the past 2 weeks over 120 casualties were reported across much of China due to heavy rains.
Typhoon Nepartak also left three dead and over 60 injured in Taiwan after the storm slammed in to the island Friday morning.
- Three people were killed and over 60 injured according to associated press.
- Massive evacuations and warnings ahead of the storm likely led to the low death toll despite the intensity 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.
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.