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    Typhoon Vicente Blasts China with High Winds, Flooding

    By By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
    August 01, 2012, 12:58:52 PM EDT

    Powerful Typhoon Vicente made landfall early Tuesday, local time, in Guangdong, China, just to the southwest of Hong Kong with major risks to lives and property.

    Vicente strengthened rapidly before moving inland near Macau and Pinghsa, China from over the South China Sea with maximum sustained winds equivalent to a Category 3 to 4 hurricane.

    Hong Kong was hit with 83 mph wind gusts late Monday. Major disruptions to travel, including flights, occurred.

    Macau was in the eye wall and in the strongest part of the typhoon early Tuesday, which is the northeastern quadrant of the storm.

    Portions of Guangdong, China, will receive up to 10-20 inches of rainfall, threatening severe flooding and mudslides, AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said.

    The central coast of Guangdong had the most severe wind impact with 100-mph wind gusts.

    Vicente will continue to weaken quickly inland, so wind impact will wane. However, flooding rain will persist as the system tracks inland through midweek. Guangdong to Guangxi and perhaps even northern Vietnam will be in the path of torrential downpours from Vicente through midweek.

    AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologists Jim Andrews and Alex Sosnowski contributed to the content of this story.

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