Southeast China Impacted by Tropical Cyclone, Readies for Another
Typhoon Chan-hom intensified after passing Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands earlier this week, and is forecast to make landfall in southeastern China as early as July 10 (late, local time) (NASA, ECHO). Chan-hom is located (as of 2100 UTC) approximately 106 nautical miles southwest of Kadena Air Base (Okinawa), with maximum sustained winds at 115 knots (132 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #38).
Southeastern China has already seen the landfall of Tropical Storm Linfa, in the province of Guangdong, on July 9 (NASA). As of the final warning from JTWC (2100 UTC), Linfa is located approximately 78 nautical miles northwest of Hong Kong, with maximum sustained winds at 40 knots (46 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning # 32). Tropical Storm Linfa is expected to weaken as it continues tracking westward over land (CMA).
Heavy rainfall and severe weather warnings remain in place for areas of Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Taiwan, and Yunnan provinces (CMA).
RVA Country Profile: China
This Week in Hazards
- After forming in the central Pacific on July 7, Tropical Depression Ela continues to track northwestward, well east of the Hawaiian Islands (United States). Ela is located (as of 1700 HST) approximately 515 miles east-northeast of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds near 35 miles per hour. Although no coastal watches or warnings are in effect, high surf is expected by Friday morning (local time), which will cause dangerous rip currents along east facing shores (CPHC Advisory #9).
- Super Typhoon Nangka remains active in the Pacific, and is located (as of 2100 UTC) approximately 416 nautical miles south-southeast of Iwo To (Iwo Jima), Japan, with maximum sustained winds at 110 knots (127 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #26). Reports indicate that Nangka was generating waves up to 43 feet (NASA).
- NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center reports that “persistent dryness has negatively impacted the livelihoods of many people in Hispaniola” (CPC). According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, Haiti’s April-to-July growing season accounts for almost 60% of the country’s annual crop production, and the outlook for the season indicated erratic rainfall as a likely contributing factor in reduced agricultural labor demands (FEWS).
Current Hazard Warnings
Tropical Cyclone: Chan-hom (Pacific), Nangka (Pacific)
Flood: United States (Southern, Central), Brazil (Northern)
Storm: United States (Northeastern)
Wildfire: Canada (British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Alberta), United States (California, Idaho, Washington, Alaska)
Drought: Caribbean Islands, Central America, United States (Western), Brazil (Eastern)
Extreme Temperature: Spain
Biomedical: West Africa
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