Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Typhoon Matmo (Henry) Update #9

Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 072314

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Typhoon Matmo (Bagyong Henry) is now moving into Taiwan Strait after making landfall in Taiwan last night. The system was last located approximately 150km southwest of Taipei, Taiwan or about 200km southeast of Fuzhou, China. Maximum sustained winds have weakened to 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Typhoon Matmo is moving northwestward at 20kph.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Matmo now moving into Taiwan Strait. Matmo made landfall in Taitung County just before midnight last night as a Category 2 Typhoon. It crossed the mountainous regions of Taiwan which significantly disrupted the circulation, leading to the weakening this morning.

Radar Image from CWB

Latest radar image out of Taiwan shows that there are still bands of moderate to heavy rains affecting the region. Up to 500mm of rainfall has already been recorded in some areas, especially in Hualien County. Numerous landslides and flooding events have already been reported and we will likely see more reports later today. We're expecting anywhere from 100 to as much as 300mm to fall throughout the next 12 hours.

For the latest radar images and warnings from Taiwan, please click HERE (CWB Website)

Typhoon Matmo is forecast to make landfall in Fujian Province later this afternoon and will move near the city of Fuzhou. Typhoon-force winds of up to 150kph are still possible along with the threat of storm surge along the coast. Heavy rains will also be affecting the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang, and Jiangxi later today. Eastern China might see up to 300mm of rain over the next 24 hours.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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