Khanun now large, strong typhoon

Good evening from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Khanun has now intensified into a strong typhoon, and it has developed into a large size, forcing its impact from Hong Kong into Hainan. The Hong Kong International Airport has reported winds of 48 kilometers per hour during the 08 UTC hour.

Khanun will continue to weave its way westward toward the Qiongzhou Strait over the next 24 hours. Conditions on Hainan and northward will continue to deteriorate with strong winds of up to 190 kilometers per hour toward the center of the storm. Heavy downpours will lead to flash flooding and inundation in parts of the cities nearby. Those located in northern Vietnam will also begin to see poorer conditions over the next 24 hours as the system approaches the country.

Khanun, because of its scale along with the increasing coverage over land, will weaken, but that will cause the storm to slow its momentum, increasing heavy rainfall over northern and central Vietnam through Monday, Tuesday, and possibly even into Wednesday, making the situation there worse than before as flooding will lead to mudslides and additional property destruction and danger to life as well.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

About Jonathan Oh

Jonathan Oh is a meteorologist on Western Pacific Weather and appearing on NHK World. Jonathan has been working in the field for more than 10 years with a focus on broadcast, radar, and computer model forecasting. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

2 Responses to “Khanun now large, strong typhoon”

  1. It doesnt updated news, right?
    I just heard that Khanun is now changing its direction to the South and weakening to the Depression type.
    Could you share the effect afterward?

    Thank you

    • Hello, Kesaree. Thank you for reading. As you probably noticed, the track already has indicated this southward turn, and the article addresses the significant impact this will have for those not just in northern Vietnam but also for those in central Vietnam, a change mentioned because of the southerly turn that is expected in the forecast.

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