Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan China, it is now a Super Typhoon!

China’s National Meteorological Center said Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon. The outer bands from the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and powerful winds however the city was spared a direct hit because the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.

Packing winds Friday morning of up to 198 kilometers (123 miles) an hour, the super typhoon was anticipated to bring torrential rains, the NMC stated. China’s official news agency Xinhua stated Rammasun was expected to become the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years.

Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan China

China on Friday braced for super typhoon “Rammasun,” which was heading for its southern coast after leaving a trail of destruction and a minimum of 54 dead within the Philippines, where it was called “Glenda.” On Thursday, the NMC issued its highest “red alert” for the storm, its initial such declaration this year based on Xinhua. The typhoon comes after dozens of people died in the previous week as heavy rain battered swathes of China, with a minimum of six killed by lightning, a large number of houses destroyed and more than 300,000 evacuated, state media have reported.

Most cities of Metro Manila and Southern Luzon stay without power following the typhoon struck the Philippines, which is frequently the very first major landmass to become struck following storms build above the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. The typhoon destroyed or broken a minimum of 26,000 homes and damaged a minimum of P3.6 billion worth of agriculture and infrastructure.

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Strongest Typhoon in Four Decades

China’s strongest typhoon in four decades made landfall within the southern island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon, packing killer winds of greater than 200km/h, based on state media.

At least 1 person was killed inside a collapsed home following Super Typhoon Rammasun ploughed into Wenchang, a city of 600,000 around the northeastern tip of Hainan, at around 3.30pm, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Nearly all brick-and-tile houses within the coastal township of Wengtian had been destroyed or had their tile roofs ripped off, it stated.

The storm also brought severe infrastructure damage and flooding to the provincial capital of Haikou as it moved northwestward following landfall, CCTV stated. Dozens of residents had been injured by falling objects and broken windows as all transportation in the city ground to a halt. Numerous automobiles had been submerged on flooded roads, pictures uploaded by residents to social media showed.

The eye of the storm was anticipated to move off Hainan quickly but hit Guangdong coast once more later this evening, CCTV stated. More than 250 inbound and outbound flights have been cancelled at the two main airports in the province, Haikou Meilan International Airport and Sanya Phoenix International Airport, with more than 10,000 passengers stranded, the China News Service reported.

Greater than 40,000 individuals have been evacuated from Wenchang and neighbouring Qionghai, the Hainan Daily reported earlier. These consist of fishermen at sea, those living in low-lying locations and at-risk buildings, as well as elderly rural residents, and they are put up in temporary shelters in stadiums and other secure government buildings.

Each China’s National Meterological Centre and also the Hong Kong Observatory have classified the tropical cyclone Rammasun as a “super typhoon”. This really is the first time this year that China has issued a “red” typhoon alert, the highest degree of warning.

Vietnam will be the next landfall

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Damaging winds will also be possible across southern Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces Friday night in China as well as northern Vietnam late Friday night into Saturday.

Flooding rain, mudslides and coastal storm surge may also be risks associated with Rammasun. Rainfall of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) is expected through southern parts of Guangdong and Guangxi Province and across northern Vietnam, such as Hanoi with nearby amounts about 300 mm (12 inches)

Due to the rugged terrain of northern Vietnam, Rammasun will rapidly weaken because it moves inland and turn out to be a post-tropical low by Sunday. Even though it will weaken quickly, torrential rain from the storm will lead to a widespread flooding threat in northern Vietnam and also likely create mudslides across the region.

Source: Independent, Accuweather and Scmp

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