Friday, July 12, 2013

Typhoon Soulik Update #11 (LANDFALL)

Issued (00 UTC) 8am PhT 071313

Typhoon Soulik has made landfall in Northern Taiwan earlier this morning. The system is now emerging into the Taiwan Strait on its way to make another landfall in Southeastern China. Soulik was last located approximately 40km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are down to 150kph with gusts of up to 185kph. Soulik is moving west northwestward at 25kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the central dense overcast (CDO) of Soulik is now moving into the Taiwan Strait. Soulik made landfall approximately 3am this morning (Taiwan Time) in the northern tip of Yilan County. Before moving into Taiwan, the center of Soulik moved very near the islands of Hateruma and Yonagumi where a station recorded a minimum pressure of 949mb along with a gust of 210kph!

Radar from Taiwan

Much of Taiwan is still under Heavy Rainfall Warnings as Soulik continues to drop massive amounts of precipitation. Latest radar still showing widespread rains covering much of Taiwan. In fact, many stations are now reporting 100 to even 200mm of rainfall and more could fall throughout the day today. As we've forecasted before, 500mm is not out of the question! For the latest radar images and forecasts from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau, please click HERE (CWB Official Website).

Typhoon Soulik will continue moving northwestward today, eventually making landfall in the province of Fujian in Southeastern China later today. The system will then significantly weaken as it moves over land, eventually becoming a Tropical Storm later tonight. Soulik will then turn northward and should weaken to a Tropical Depression later tomorrow (Sunday).

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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