Typhoon Soudelor approaches Taiwan

Yilan County on the northeast aspect of the island acquired greater than three inches of rain between midnight and 1:15 p.m., and elements of New Taipei Metropolis had acquired virtually as a lot.

The super typhoon left a path of destruction when it crossed the Northern Mariana Islands in the north-western Pacific Ocean on 2 August.

Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday, knocking out electricity on the 77-square-mile island.

In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Arthur continues to move up the U.S. East Coast on July 3, 2014.

Heavy rain of up to 50cm and howling wind gusts of 160kmh are the main threats from the storm on Taiwan, AccuWeather said.

Packing gusts of up to 209 kilometers per hour, Soudelor is expected to make landfall between Hualien and Taitung early Saturday, according the Central Weather Bureau.

It is, however, expected to regain strength when it hits Taiwan on Saturday, making it the most powerful typhoon to hit the island in three years.

Taiwan’s Transportation and fire departments have made preparations for the typhoon, and they are also expecting the gales and heavy rains to last until tomorrow.

“While the southern third of Taiwan will be spared the worst of the storm, winds over 85 kph (50 mph) are still expected along with some flooding downpours”.

The site said Soudelor’s “eyeball” is just hours from slamming into Taiwan, and could strengthen before landfall.

By Thursday the storm had become a category two storm which means it had sustained wind speeds of 105mph but experts believe it could get stronger again and reach up to 135mph winds when it reaches the mainland, according to NBC News.

A wider view showing Super Typhoon Soudelor in the Northwest Pacific on Tuesday, seen from the Himawari-8 satellite.

The White House on Thursday announced the disaster declaration for Typhoon Soudelor, which destroyed homes, snapped utility poles and toppled trees over the weekend on the 48-square-mile island of Saipan.

Taiwan’s ruling pro-China Nationalist party fled to the island after losing a civil war to China’s communists in 1949.


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