Cimaron Drenching Taiwan and Eastern China

By Dan DePodwin, Meteorologist
July 18, 2013; 5:56 AM ET
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A week after Typhoon Soulik dumped over 30 cm (12 inches) of rain in northern Taiwan and southeastern China and buffeted the region with 110-plus km/h winds (70-plus mph), another tropical system (Cimaron) is currently drenching some of the same areas with heavy downpours.

As of Thursday evening, local time (Thursday morning EDT), Tropical Storm Cimaron was packing winds of 65 km/h (40 mph) and was located 200 miles east-northeast of Hong Kong.

Flooding is the main concern from Cimaron. The heaviest rain in Taiwan has fallen in the southeast especially the southern highlands. Widespread rainfall of 25 to 50 mm (1 to 2 inches) has already fallen in Taitung, Chengkung and Hengchun, and these areas could get rainfall of 75 to 150 mm (3 to 6 inches) before the rainfall comes to and end. Up to 300 mm (1 foot) can fall in the southeastern mountain slopes.

Orchid Island and Green Island, just off the southeast coast of Taiwan, have already received about 100 mm (4 inches) of rain from the storm.

Urban and stream flooding will be possible, as will mudslides across the region. Wind gusts should remain relatively weak, gusting to only 50 km/h (30 mph).

Cimaron's landfall in southern Fujian Thursday evening brought the heaviest rainfall to coastal areas of Fujian with lesser amounts farther inland.

While gale-force winds could cause local damage, a greater threat to southeast China will be that of flooding from rainfall that could exceed 200 mm (8 inches) through Friday near the path of Cimaron.

Cimaron will weaken quickly before dissipating over the southern mainland China in the next 24 hours. Meteorologists Jim Andrews and Eric Leister contributed to this story


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