Issued (0430 UTC) 1230pm PhT 091614
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Typhoon Kalmaegi (Formerly Bagyong Luis) is now making landfall in the Leizhou Peninsula in Guangdong Province, China. The system was last located approximately 100km south of Zhanjiang or 440km west southwest of Hong Kong.Maximum sustained winds are at 140kph with gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Kalmaegi is moving west northwestward at 30kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the clouds associated with Kalmaegi are now moving towards Guangdong Province in Southern China. The system has intensified over the past 24 hours but is finally interacting with land which should halt any further development. Nevertheless, Kalmaegi is still very powerful and is already bringing winds of up to 160kph as reported by numerous weather stations in Guangdong.
Radar Image from CMA
Latest radar image out of the region, courtesy of China Meteorological Administration, shows the eye of Kalmaegi clearly visible and making landfall in Leizhou Peninsula. Very heavy rains rains and strong winds are now battering the area as well as parts of Hainan Island. There have already been reports of up to 100mm of rain falling in the last 12 hours alone. We're expecting an additional 100 to as much as 200mm of rain over the next 24 hours.
For the latest radar images and forecasts from China, please click HERE (CMA Website).
Typhoon Kalmaegi will continue to track quickly to the west today. Stormy weather will prevail across Southern Guangdong throughout today and will shift west towards Guangxi by tonight. Northern Vietnam, including Hanoi, will also start to feel the effects of Kalmaegi tonight. The system is forecast to move into Vietnam shortly after midnight and will pass very closely to the city of Hanoi by early tomorrow morning (Wednesday). The city can expect strong winds of up to 140kph, along with periods of heavy rain. Up to 300mm can fall in the region over the next few days.
We'll have another update later tonight.