Typhoon Rumbia is approaching landfall in South China.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Rumbia to slam onshore early Tuesday morning local time (Monday afternoon EDT) near or on the Leizhou Peninsula.
More specifically, Rumbia is taking aim at Leizhou Bay, Zhanjiang Port and the city of Zhanjiang.
While currently a minimal typhoon, Rumbia should weaken to a strong tropical storm as it comes onshore due to the interaction with land. Regardless of its exact classification, the impacts on South China will be the same.
The compact nature of Rumbia's damaging winds will confine wind speeds of 50 to 80 mph (80 to 130 km/h) to within a small area along the coast where Rumbia makes landfall.
Rumbia's storm surge will be responsible for water levels reaching 2 to 4 feet (0.5 to 1.2 m), perhaps up to 5 feet (1.5 m) in isolated areas, above normal high-tide along the coastline, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
Flooding rain will definitely be the most widespread danger to residents in South China.
Rumbia's heaviest rain will remain on its southern and western side, bringing the possibility of 5 to 10 inches (120 to 250 mm) of rain to the northern Hainan Island, the western half of Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuangzu province.
While locally higher amounts are possible (especially in the higher terrain), Rumbia will move quickly enough through South China to prevent widespread rain totals in excess of a foot (300 mm).
However, serious flash flooding is still a significant concern since most of Rumbia's rain will pour down in 12 to 24 hours. Mudslides could also unfold in the higher terrain.
Flooding may also unfold across southern parts of Hainan Island, especially in the higher terrain, as bands of rain streaming into the center of Rumbia amount to 2 to 4 inches.
Hong Kong will escape the worst of Rumbia, but not its outer squally rain bands.
One such band brought roughly an inch of rain to downtown Hong Kong on Monday, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.
"Another band may move through [Hong Kong] early Tuesday morning [local time] and could produce similar rain totals," Wanenchak continued.
The landfall of Rumbia will be followed by its demise on Wednesday, but not before heavy rain and the threat for flooding spreads to northeastern Vietnam Tuesday night. A total of 2 to 4 inches of rain (50 to 100 mm) is expected to fall.
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