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    Tropical Storm Soulik Eyes China Late This Week

    By by Alan Reppert, Senior Meteorologist
    July 09, 2013, 4:29:24 PM EDT

    Tropical Storm Soulik is in the West Pacific and could affect Taiwan or coastal China by the end of the week.

    Currently, Soulik is well to the north-northeast of Guam and is no threat to this island. Actually, it will not be a threat to any landmass for several days.

    This system will continue to develop a broader area of clouds and slowly strengthen over the next few days. Soulik should be a typhoon later in the day tomorrow (Tuesday) or Wednesday.

    This system is over some very favorable water with temperatures above 80 degrees. Winds across the area are weak, allowing for the storm to develop a stronger circulation. And finally, the storms are wrapping around the system and looking to allow the storm to strengthen.

    AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center
    Taiwan Forecast
    AccuWeather.com Western Pacific Hurricane Center

    Though the exact track is hard to determine until the storm develops more, we are looking at this storm to continue to push off to the west and eventually move close to mainland Asia.

    This storm could eventually affect Taiwan and even mainland China by the end of the week and into the weekend.


    The above image is from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

    Though this storm is not likely to develop into a major storm, any affects to China or Taiwan are likely to bring heavy rainfall, stronger wind gusts and even some higher surf at the coastline.

    Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert and updated by Mark Paquette

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