Sunday, November 10, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Update #17 (LANDFALL)

Issued (0230 UTC) 1030am PhT 111013

Haiyan (Known as Bagyong Yolanda in the Philippines) has finally made landfall in Northern Vietnam and is currently crossing into Southwestern China. The storm center was last located approximately 110km southwest of Nanning in Guanxi Province or about 220km northeast of Hanoi, Vietnam. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 110kph with gusts of up to 140kph making Haiyan a Tropical Storm. It is currently moving northward at 25kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the central dense overcast of Haiyan moving into Southwestern China. Haiyan made landfall at around 8am local time as a Category 1 Typhoon and has since weakened to a Tropical storm. Heavy rains, storm surge, and strong winds continue across much of the region although weather should improve for Northern Vietnam later tonight.

Radar from CMA

Latest radar out of China's Guangxi Province shows widespread light to moderate rains moving into the region. As much as 350mm of rain has already been recorded in parts of Guangxi and Hainan Island since yesterday. Strong winds of up to 140kph were also recorded in some coastal communities. Rains will continue for another 48 hours as Haiyan moves northeastward across Guangxi. We're expecting another 100 to even 200mm of rain to fall so flooding and landslides are still possible.

For the latest radar images and forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Website)

Meanwhile back in Vietnam, latest news reports say that six (6) people have already been confirmed dead due to Typhoon Haiyan. We expect more damage reports out of Vietnam later today but it shouldn't be as catastrophic as in the Philippines where the death toll just continues to rise.

People in the Philippines still need our help. If you want to donate, please go to the Philippine Red Cross by clicking HERE

We'll have more updates later this afternoon including the latest on the newly-formed Tropical Depression, Bagyong Zoraida. Stay safe!

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