UPDATE: 8/3/2012: The storms made landfall last night, nearly simultaneously, and another Tropical Depression has already formed to the west. Click the image below (from CIMSS Tropical) for a loop of the storms:
UPDATE: 8/2/2012: (Original Blog Entry) Both Damrey and Saola will make landfall before tonight (00Z 8/3), hours apart, according to JTWC forecasts, but both will be tropical storms, weakened from their status as typhoons, as the zoom of the CIMSS map this morning shows. Here's the radar from Typhoon Saola last night:
Our updated news story about the storms says, "Saola unleashed torrential rain throughout northern and western Taiwan, with three-day amounts topping 70 inches of rain in at least one location." NASA TRMM has vertical cross-sections of both storms:
And their MODIS satellite took this wonderful image of both storms yesterday:
Less than a week after the historic flooding in South Carolina, more rain is falling, triggering flood warnings and reports.
As much as 27 inches of rainfall has closed I-95 in South Carolina, as well as nearly 400 other roads and 165 bridges!
Over 17 inches of rain fell near Columbia, South Carolina just last night!
The extreme rain continues today, with the Carolinas in the cross-hairs. This one could be a 1,000 year event.
Hurricane Joaquin rapidly strengthened into a monster storm overnight -- this changes everything.
Will Hurricane Joaquin be the next "Isabel" or "Sandy?" Does it even matter?