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Rammasum Hammers China and Southeast Asia

18 Jul 2014, 4:23 pm

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Typhoon Ramamasun, which made landfall as a super typhoon near the Chinese city of Longtangzhen — just to the north of the island of Hainan — is continuing to track east, packing winds near 145-mph. Currently situated in the Beibu Gulf, Rammasun is still lashing parts of mainland China and is expected to make its final landfall near Qinzhou Bay and the City of Fangchenggang.

Strong damaging winds and flash flooding will be an on-going concern for parts of China and Vietnam through the weekend.

According to the South China Morning Post — an English-language newspaper out of Hong Kong — this is the strongest typhoon to impact southern China in nearly 41 years. The China Meteorological Agency also issues a “red alert” — their equivalent of a hurricane warnings for parts of the southern Chinese coast from Hainan to the Vietnamese border.

Xinhua, the state-owned news service in the China says that one person was killed in the province of Wenchang and thousands have been evacuated out of low-lying areas. Xinhua also reports that flights have been cancelled out of the Island of Hainan, leaving more than 8,000 tourists stranded.

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Photo Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency

Typhoon Rammasun started days ago in the tropical central Pacific, passing Guam as a tropical depression before making a westward turn toward the Philippines. Rammasun made landfall as the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane early Wednesday morning, local time. And slowly sawed across the Philippines. This was the first major landfalling typhoon in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastates parts of the Philippine Archipelago in November 2013. While the death and destruction were nowhere near as bad as Haiyan, at least 10 people died as the storm exited out over the South China Sea.

Once over the South China Sea, Rammasun rapidly intensifies and made a turn toward China.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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