Forty-eight people died after a plane crash in Taiwan Wednesday evening, local time, amid heavy rain and gusty winds from former Typhoon Matmo.
The Associated Press reports that 10 others were injured.
The plane which took off from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan was scheduled to make a domestic flight to Penghu's Magong Airport, located west of the main island of Taiwan, according to the Associated Press.
After failing to land on its first attempt the plane confirmed that make a second attempt at landing before contact was lost. However, the outer rain bands of Matmo were lashing the area with downpours and strong winds.
A radar image, courtesy of the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau, shows an intense rain band from Matmo moving over the crash area at the time of the crash, highlighted within the blue circle.
Torrential rainfall rates of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) per hour were occurring when contact was lost with the plane at 7:06 p.m., local time. Wind gusts over 50 kph (30 mph) were also reported at this time.
Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, late Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Yao-wen)
As Matmo lashed Taiwan Tuesday into Wednesday, rainfall totals topped 300-600 mm (1-2 feet). Winds gusts exceeded 160 kph (100 mph) at the height of the storm.
Typhoon Matmo slams Hualien, Taiwan, on July 22, 2014. (YouTube Video/Jim Edds)
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States next week with the potential for one of these to reach Southern California.
Colder weather, and in some cases, a taste of winter with snow will continue to invade the northeastern United States this weekend.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into Saturday evening.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
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