Issued (1030 UTC) 630pm PhT 072314
Matmo (Formerly Bagyong Henry) has made its second and final landfall in Fujian Province in Southeastern China. It has also weakened to a Tropical Storm as it interacts with land. The system was last located approximately 40km south of Fuzhou or about 230km west northwest of Taipei. Maximum sustained winds are at 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph. TS Matmo is moving northwestward at 15kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows Matmo moving inland into Southeastern China. The storm is still looking symmetrical with convective bands surrounding the circulation center. Strong winds continue to be present near the center, as well. Some coastal areas along Fujian have reported seeing gusts of up to 150kph.
Winds in Taiwan are now subsiding but they will still experience light to moderate rains, especially along the western coast. Many areas here, especially Hualien County received 300 to 500mm of rain over the past 48 hours which caused landslides and flooding in many areas.
Radar Image from CMA
As Matmo move ashore in Fujian, widespread light to moderate rains are now affecting the area including nearby provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxi. We expect 200 to as much as 500mm of rainfall in many places in Eastern China over the next few days and this heavy rainfall event can cause flooding and landslides, as we've seen in Taiwan.
For the latest warnings and forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Website)
Tropical Storm Matmo will continue moving inland tonight bringing rains and strong winds in the region. It should also rapidly weaken as it interacts with land. Rains will linger across Eastern China for the next 2 to 3 days.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.