Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 080915
Soudelor has now weakened to a Tropical Storm after making landfall in Fujian Province in Southeastern China last night. The center of Tropical Storm Soudelor was last located approximately 150km west of Fuzhou, China or about 400km west northwest of Taipei, Taiwan. Maximum sustained winds are now down to 75kph with gusts of up to 95kph. TS Soudelor is currently moving west northwestward at 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the circulation of Soudelor now moving inland across Southeastern China. Soudelor made its first landfall in Hualien County in Taiwan early Saturday morning as a Category 4 Typhoon. It brought winds of up to 200kph and rainfall amounts exceeding 600mm. It, then, crossed the Taiwan Strait and made its second landfall in the Fujian Province in China late last night as a Category 1 Typhoon. It has since weakened to a Tropical Storm and should completely dissipate within the next 24 hours.
Radar Image from CMA
Despite the significant weakening, we are still seeing heavy rain bands affecting majority of Fujian Province and spreading north towards the Zhejiang and Jiangxi Provinces. Some areas in Southeastern China have already received more than 200mm of rainfall since yesterday and additional rainfall amounts of up to 200mm are still possible in the next 12 to 24 hours. In fact, light to moderate rains may linger and move north slowly over the course of two days.
For the latest radar images and weather warnings for China, please click HERE (CMA Website)
Tropical Storm Soudelor should continue to rapidly weaken as it loses energy source on land. We expect the circulation to completely dissipate by tomorrow but rains and unsettled weather may remain across Southeastern China over the next 24 to 48 hours.
This is our final update for Tropical Storm Soudelor. We'll have a separate update for Tropical Storm Molave, currently moving well south of Japan, later today.