Weather: South China Sea Active with Two Typhoons

Typhoon Saola has brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong while Typhoon Haikui is threatening Taiwan as the South China Sea comes alive with storm activity.

Published 2 weeks ago

Typhoon Saola had been a super typhoon on Thursday August 31, but was downgraded to typhoon status on Friday September 1, by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

It still remains the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, with winds reaching 220 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour).

The storm previously impacted parts of northeastern Philippines before moving over Hong Kong and towards southern China.

Authorities in mainland China also issued a typhoon red warning, the highest level in a four-tier alert system, as Saola approached Guangdong.

Typhoon Saola – image from Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Typhoon Haiku heads for Taiwan

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) issued a sea warning for Typhoon Haikui on Friday September 1, as its storm circle approached waters to the east of Taiwan and the Bashi Channel.

Lu Kuo-chen director of CWB’s Weather Forecast Centers said Haikui was forecast to make landfall in eastern Taiwan before affecting the entire country.  A land warning is expected to be issued between early Saturday to Saturday morning, he added.

Lu said that Haikui was likely to slow down as it moves across the Taiwan Strait, which will result in Taiwan being affected by the typhoon for a longer period.

Typhoon Haikui image from Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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