Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tropical Storm Soulik Update #12 (LANDFALL)

Issued (1530 UTC) 1130pm PhT 071313

Tropical Storm Soulik has made its second and, hopefully, final landfall in Southeastern China earlier today. The system is currently moving across the Fujian Province and was last located approximately 100km northwest of the city of Fuzhou. Maximum sustained winds have weakened to 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Soulik is currently moving northwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Soulik has really degraded since it made landfall. The center is very hard to locate now although convective activity remains somewhat strong, especially on the southern half of the storm.

Soulik crossed Northern Taiwan earlier today and dumped massive amounts of rainfall especially in the mountainous areas. We've received numerous reports of rainfall accumulations of well over 700mm or about 27 inches in the past 36 hours alone! The storm has also killed at least one person in Taiwan. The good news though is that the rains have ended in Taiwan although China is dealing with it right now.

Radar from CMA

Latest radar image out of Fuzhou Province shows widespread light to moderate rains continue to fall across the region. Many stations are already reporting well past the 150mm mark increasing the possibility of landslides and flashfloods. For the latest radar images and weather forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Official Website)

Tropical Storm Soulik will continue to rapidly lose strength as it moves further inland. It is expected to completely dissipate by tomorrow (Sunday). Nevertheless, expect widespread rains to linger for much of Southeastern China, especially in Fujian Province in the coming days.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning.

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