Taiwan, Mainland China Brace for Typhoon Soulik, Chantal Fizzles Out
Taiwan and Coastal areas of Mainland China brace for the potiential impact of Typhoon Soulik. At one point, this system was classified as a Super Typhoon. It has since been downgraded to a Typhoon with winds around 100 mph.
Projected path from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has the storm making landfall early tomorrow morning and over northeast and then continuing into mainland China.
Photo From the AP
“A local fishmonger secures an awning above his shop at a harbor of Suao, north eastern Taiwan, Friday, July 12, 2013. Taiwan is closing schools and deploying soldiers to help with evacuations Friday as the approaching Typhoon Soulik threatens to bring strong winds and heavy rains to the island. AP Photo/Wally Santana”
From the BBC: “Hundreds of soldiers are on stand-by for emergency response operations and 102 military camps have been prepared as emergency shelters, the Central Emergency Operations Center said. In a statement, the centre also warned that some areas of Taiwan were prone to landslides….It advised that fishing boats return to the shore before the typhoon hit, and asked members of the public to avoid mountain and coastal areas. More than 2,000 tourists were evacuated from Taiwan’s Green Island, near the city of Taitung, on Thursday as a precaution. Some flights to Taiwan have been disrupted, with both Cathay Pacific and China Airlines announcing cancellations or planned cancellations.”
From Bloomberg, ” Taiwan authorities issued a land warning and advised people to avoid outdoor activities as Typhoon Soulik continues its approach from the east. China’s National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center raised a wave warning to orange, the second-highest of four levels, in the East China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and waters near Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, Xinhua reported. “
The remnants of Chantal are located north of the Bahamas. This system continues to deteriorate and earlier plans to fly into with a hurricane hunter have since been cancelled. Although it is losing its tropical cyclone structure, it will still be a concern for heavy rain along of coasts of the Mid Atlantic Region. Flash Flooding is already an issue in these areas as a frontal boundary stalls out across the East Coast.
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