Matmo Brings Flooding Rainfall, Damaging Winds to China, Taiwan

July 25, 2014; 11:10 AM ET
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Former Typhoon Matmo brought torrential rainfall to China and Taiwan through Thursday night, local time.

Matmo made landfall along the east coast of Taiwan Tuesday night, local time, with winds over 160 kph (100 mph).

The cyclone then crossed Taiwan and emerged over the Formosa Strait (Taiwan Strait), before making a second landfall on Fujian Province, China, late Wednesday afternoon, local time.

As of Friday evening, local time, Matmo was moving northeastward over the Korean Peninsula.

The hardest-hit areas in the mountains of eastern Taiwan received more than 650 mm (25.60 inches) of rain from Matmo.

A city maintenance crew member removes fallen trees from a main road as Typhoon Matmo passes by Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo made landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing with it heavy rains and winds with gusts over 140 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Heavy rain also fell across Lanyu Township, just east of the main island of Taiwan on Tuesday. Rainfall of 250-300 mm (10-12 inches) was reported. Also, wind gusts of 160 kph (100 mph) pelted the small island for several hours as the eye of the storm passed just to the northeast.

While the heaviest rain associated with Matmo fell across the higher terrain of the east and interior Taiwan, rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) fell around Taipei along with wind gusts near 100 kph (62 mph).

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As Matmo continued through China, Fujian Province in addition to southern Zhejiang and northeast Jiangxi Provinces were hit especially hard Thursday, local time.

Rainfall totals across the region ranged between 50-100 mm (2-4 inches), but totals locally exceeded 150 mm (6 inches), including the city of Huai'an, which reported a storm total rainfall of 159 mm (6.29 inches).

The combined impacts of heavy rain and gusty winds resulted in localized flooding and mudslides, along with downed trees and power lines.

Tropical Rainstorm Matmo will continue over the Korean Peninsula into Saturday morning, local time, and then impact Hokkaido, Japan, on Sunday with rain and some gusty winds. Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.


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