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Monday, September 22, 2008

Phillipines lashed by Typhoon Hagupit (Nina)

UPDATE: Typhoon Nears Landfall in China (from AccuWeather)

Typhoon Hagupit is within hours of slamming into extreme southern China. The typhoon will blast onshore southwest of Hong Kong, near the city of Zhanjiang, this evening (Eastern time). The typhoon's intensity will be equivalent to a Category 3 or a strong Category 2 hurricane at landfall. Destructive winds will accompany Hagupit through extreme southern China. A wider area of southern China and northern Vietnam will be pounded by the typhoon's flooding rain.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski


A Category 3 typhoon lashed the central and southern Philippines with heavy rain and winds killing one person and displacing about 2,000 others.

One person has been killed and about two thousand others displaced as Typhoon Hagupit battered the central and southern Philippines with heavy rain. Ferry services have been suspended and fishing craft have been barred from setting sail.Meanwhile Taiwan has issued land and sea warnings as typhoon Hagupit heads towards its southern coast.Hagupit is expected to brush Taiwan overnight, bringing sustained winds of up to 144 km/h. (Radio Australia)

Typhoon ‘Nina’ leaves 4 dead (Philippine Star)

The Philippines and south China have had several strong typhoons this season with many people killed and heavy flooding.

Hagupit is not heading for Taiwan, Hong Kong and south China with winds expected to reach as high as Cat 4 before making landfall.

Hong Kong May Hoist Signal No. 8 as Storm Approaches (Bloomberg)

Typhoon Hagupit nears China's southern coast (China Daily)

FUZHOU -- Hagupit, the 14th typhoon to affect China this year, is poised for landfall in the southern Guangdong Province early on Wednesday, meteorological stations in Fujian and Guangdong provinces warned on Monday.

The eye of the storm was located 480 km southeast of Hengchun City in Taiwan at 5 a.m. Monday, packing up winds of hurricane force at 137 kilometers per hour in the center, said the observatory in Fujian.

It forecast the typhoon moving at 20 to 25 km per hour would begin to affect coastal cities of Xiamen, Zhangzhou and Quanzhou with strong winds and heavy rains from Tuesday. However, the typhoon's possible landing path would be in the neighboring province of Guangdong.

The meteorological station in Guangdong forecast that Hagupit would make a landfall on Wednesday morning, before which the province would be dominated by a heat wave with daily high temperatures of 35 to 37 degrees Celsius.

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