Taiwan, China Preparing for Typhoon Megi Imminent Landfall
Photo: Typhoon Megi (Photo via @NOAASatellites)
Meteorologists are reporting that a Category 2 storm dubbed Typhoon Megi is heading toward Taiwan and is expected to make landfall Tuesday afternoon local time.
Typhoon Megi will be the fourth typhoon to make landfall or brush Taiwan this season.
According to Weather.com, the storm grew from a tropical storm with winds measured at 50 miles per hour to a typhoon with winds measured at 105 miles per hour over a 24-hour span this weekend.
Not only will residents and visitors in Taiwan be forced to deal with torrential rainfall—between 1-to-2 feet of rain is expected—but there will also be damaging winds, coastal flooding and battering waves. The damage could be made worse by the constant bombardment of storms that have passed through the area this month.
After making its way past Taiwan, a weakened Typhoon Megi will then make its final landfall in southeast China where heavy rainfall and flash flooding are expected.
The last storm to ravage the area was Super Typhoon Meranti, which forced the cancellation of the majority of flights at Kaohsiung International Airport in Taiwan. In addition, more than 140 trains heading in or out of southeastern China were canceled as a result of the storm.
The United States Department of State also shared a tweet that the American Institute Taiwan would be closed Tuesday as the island braces for Typhoon Megi:
American Institute Taiwan reports, due to Typhoon Megi, AIT Taipei offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) September 26, 2016
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