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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Typhoon Fung-Wong heads for Taiwan

Ten days after being hit by Typhoon Kalmaegi, Taiwan is in the path of another severe storm. Typhoon Fung-Wong formed yesterday and is heading straight for Taiwan. The storm is expected to make landfall sometime tonight (US time - Monday morning local time) as a Category 3 storm with winds exceeding 100 MPH (185 kph). Fung-Wong will weaken some as it crosses over the island into the straight of Formosa but will probably still be a strong typhoon as it makes a second landfall on the mainland China coast.

Kalmaegi struck northern Taiwan as a tropical storm and killed 19 people. Six people are still missing from the storm which came ashore on the 18th of July.

Yesterday Fung-Wong crossed over the northernmost islands of the Phillipines bringing heavy monsoon rains and flooding.

Taiwan issues land warning for Typhoon Fung-Wong

From AccuWeather.com:

Typhoon Fung-Wong continued to strengthen on Saturday and Saturday night and as of Sunday morning EDT, had sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph). Located approximately 255 miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, Fung-Wong is moving to the northwest at 12 mph (19 kph). On this path, Fung-Wong will make landfall on Sunday night over the island of Taiwan. Further strengthening is likely during the day on Sunday prior to landfall. Outer rainbands are beginning to hit the island, and conditions will continue to deteriorate through the day on Sunday and Sunday night. When Fung-Wong makes landfall on Sunday night, sustained winds will be well over 100 mph, 185 kph, with higher gusts. Weakening over Taiwan, Fung-Wong will emerge over the Formosa Strait on Monday morning as a weak typhoon before making a second landfall on Monday afternoon or evening over eastern China. Over 10 inches of rain will be possible in the path of Fung-Wong, resulting in devastating flooding and dangerous mudslides.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller

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