Super Typhoon Meranti on Path Toward Southeast Asia
Photo: Super Typhoon Meranti (Photo via Twitter/@WeatherChannel)
Parts of Taiwan, the Philippines and China have been put on notice as Super Typhoon Meranti has developed into Category 5 storm and could head toward landfall in the region this week.
According to Weather.com, the rapidly intensifying Super Typhoon Meranti went from maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour to 180 mph in 24 hours, making it the strongest tropical cyclone in the Northern Hemisphere so far this year.
Meteorologists are still unclear about the storm’s trajectory, but all areas in Taiwan, the northern Philippines and southeastern China should be keeping a close eye on the situation in case the typhoon takes a direct path of travel toward Southeast Asia.
While forecasters believe there is a chance Meranti could follow along the same path as Super Typhoon Nepartak, which made landfall in July in southeastern Taiwan, there are no guarantees.
Regardless of the path Super Typhoon Meranti takes, meteorologists believe Taiwan will still feel the storm’s wrath early Wednesday morning. A southern trajectory on the forecast path would result in heavy winds, flooding rain, mudslides and storm surge flooding, but the more north the storm comes, the worse these impacts will be felt.
As for the Northern Philippines, the region expects the storm to make an impact late Tuesday as damaging winds and heavy rainfall could cause major issues for the Batanes and Babuyan islands.
China could also be in the path of the storm, as areas from Hong Kong northward along the coast could be in store for rough weather Wednesday into Thursday. Heavy rainfall, winds and storm surge flooding could all be expected, depending on the typhoon’s trajectory.
Later in the week, meteorologists are following the development of another storm system that would be named Rai if it forms into a typhoon. The current trajectory for this system would see it make landfall in Japan over the weekend.
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