More severe weather hits southeastern China

Tropical Storm Cimaron follows quickly after Typhoon Soulik causing further flooding across Taiwan.

Last Modified: 18 Jul 2013 11:08
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Torrential rains return just days after typhoon Soulik made landfall in southern China. [EPA]

Just a few days after the passage of Typhoon Soulik hit Taiwan and southeastern China, we have another system moving across a similar area. On Thursday morning, Tropical Storm Cimaron passed to the south of Taiwan on its way to making landfall around 280km to the east of Hong Kong.

Cimaron means “wild bull” in the Philippines, but thankfully, this storm is not as raging as that name would suggest. It currently has winds of around 70kph with gusts nearing 95kph. Those winds are already easing, and will die down quickly as storm moves inland.

Of greater concern is the amount of rain that the system will produce, particularly so soon after the previous storm, Soulik. Indeed, Lan Yu in Taiwan had 129mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 0600GMT on Thursday.

Similar totals are likely across parts of Guangdong and Fujian provinces over the next 2 days as the storm moves across southeastern China. Hong Kong will escape the worst of Cimaron’s weather, but this is the third storm so far this year to prompt the city to issue storm warnings. The others were Bebinca in late June and Rumbia just a couple of weeks ago.


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