Super Typhoon Nepartak to Make Landfall in Taiwan
Since forming on July 3, Tropical Cyclone Nepartak has strengthened into a Super Typhoon, sustaining maximum wind speeds around 150 miles per hour (130 knots), as it nears Taiwan (JTWC Warning #20). Nepartak is forecast to make landfall in southeast Taiwan on July 8 (0000 UTC), weakening as it moves across the island and into the Taiwan Straits (NASA, CWB).
Weather warnings are in effect for the whole of Taiwan because Nepartak is expected to bring heavy-to-extremely torrential rain as it impacts the island (CWB).
By July 9 (0000 UTC), Nepartak is expected to make a second landfall in eastern China, possibly bringing strong winds, heavy rain, and storm surges to areas already affected by ongoing flooding (NASA, ECHO). According to reports (as of July 5), heavy rainfall since June 30 has led to the collapse of 41,000 houses and forced the evacuation of more than 1.34 million people (ReliefWeb/Xinhua).
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This Week in Hazards
- Two tropical cyclones are currently active in the eastern Pacific: Hurricane Blas and Tropical Depression 04E (PDC WeatherWall). Since forming on July 3, Blas has strengthened in to a Category 3 hurricane, becoming the first major hurricane of the Eastern Pacific season (NASA). TD 04E is expected to follow nearly the same track as Blas, strengthening into a tropical storm by the end of the week (NASA).
- Ongoing heavy rainfall has caused flooding and landslides in northern India, especially in the states of Uttarakhand and Assam (ReliefWeb). As of July 5, more than 88,000 people in seven districts of Assam have been affected by ‘incessant’ monsoon rains (ReliefWeb/Sphere India). Heavy rainfall is expected to continue over much of the country throughout the week (NDMA)
- During the last week of June, the Government of the Republic of Namibia officially declared a national “state of emergency” due to persistent drought conditions (ReliefWeb/Govt. of Namibia). According to reports, Namibia has been experiencing drought conditions for the past three years, which have affected over 25% of the population and increased food insecurity.
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Nepartak (Western Pacific), Blas (Eastern Pacific)
Flood: Australia (Victoria), Japan (Southern), India (Northern), China, Nepal
Drought: Micronesia, Melanesia, South/Southeast Asia, the Americas (United States), Africa (Namibia)
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