Flooding downpours threaten Taiwan in advance of potential impacts from Mangkhut

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Flooding downpours threaten Taiwan in advance of potential impacts from Mangkhut

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Flooding downpours threaten Taiwan in advance of potential impacts from Mangkhut
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
September 08, 2018, 1:01 :57 PM EDT

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A slowly organizing tropical low near southern Taiwan will threaten the country with flooding downpours in advance of potential impacts from Mangkhut next weekend.

While currently not classified as a tropical depression or tropical storm, an area of tropical low pressure located to the south of Taiwan will provide rounds of rain to portions of the country.

This low, along with the Mei-yu front, has already produced heavy rain across northern Taiwan on Saturday when in excess of 300 mm (12 inches) of rain fell across portions of New Taipei and Taipei Cities.


Downpours such as this are expected to continue into the first half of the coming week, though will concentrate largely to the south of Taipei.

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The heaviest rain and most likely areas to see flooding will be across eastern and southern parts of the island as as tropical low slowly passes nearby early in the week.

There remains a chance that this low will develop into a tropical storm while near southern Taiwan. If this does organize into a tropical storm, gusty wind will be felt across southern Taiwan in areas such as Taitu ng, Pingtung and Kaohsiung Counties.

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Wind, however, is not expected to get strong enough to cause significant damage. Regardless of the amount of tropical development, flooding downpours will still threaten.

After the tropical low pulls away from Taiwan, residents of not only Taiwan, but also the Philippines, southeast China and Japan's Ryukyu Islands will have to monitor strengthening Tropical Storm Mangkhut.

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AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk expects Mangkhut to be a typhoon by the time it impacts Guam early in the week. Mangkhut could be a dangerous typhoon, nearing the intensity of a Category 3 hurricane in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Residents from Guam to Saipan should be making preparations for potential impacts from Mangkhut. Wind gusts in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph) would be possible. Wind gusts to 195 km/h (120 mph) are possible should the strongest part of the storm cross an island. Rainfall up to 250 mm (10 inches) can lead to flash flooding.

Beyond that, Houk said, "A west to northwest path will continue the rest of next week with the potential for the cyclone to reach super typhoon status while across the Philippine Sea."

Residents from the northern Philippines into Taiwa n, southeast China and Japan's Ryukyu Islands should closely monitor the track of Mangkhut as there is the potential for the cyclone to remain very dangerous as it barrels towards southeast Asia around next weekend.

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