Typhoon Haima eyes China after bringing destructive winds, flooding to Philippines
By By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
October 23, 2016, 3:12:01 AM EDT
Typhoon Haima slammed the Philippines Wednesday night into Thursday following the deadly flooding caused by Typhoon Sarika.
Haima, referred to as Lawin in the Philippines, reached super typhoon status on Tuesday afternoon. Haima reached peak strength Tuesday night with sustained winds of 269 km/h (167 mph) equal to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
The typhoon has since weakened to the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane, but residents should not let their guard down.
Haima tracked over the northern part of Luzon in the northern Philippines Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Landfall on the eastern coast of Luzon near Kinayabutan Beach in Baggao occurred on Wednesday night, local time.
The center of Haima has now moved over the South China Sea. Conditions will gradually improve across the Philippines into Thursday night.
Locally damaging wind gusts are still possible, especially across the western half of the Philippines into Thursday evening, causing major damage.
These powerful winds in combination with the torrential rain will down trees and may cause widespread power outages.
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Some places across Luzon received over 400 mm (16 inches) of rain when once-Typhoon Sarika moved through less than a week ago, further increasing the risk for major flooding across the region.
With Haima, storm total rainfall amounts of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) will be common with local amounts over 300 mm (12 inches). This additional rain will escalate the risk for mudslides, especially in the higher elevations.
Despite some weakening, Haima will still remain a dangerous tropical system as it approaches China.
Even though the center of the storm tracked well to the south of Taiwan, bands of heavy rain could trigger flash flooding in the southeastern portion of the country into Thursday night.
, five people have died in the northern Philippines due to the storm. Widespread damage is found throughout the area as houses have been destroyed and power lines downed, BBC reports. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated ahead of the storm.
A final landfall is expected in southeastern China on Friday. Impacts in Hong Kong are expected as Haima makes landfall less than 240 km (150 miles) east of the city.
While Hong Kong will dodge the worst impacts from the storm, heavy rain and strong winds are still expected.
Downpours can result in a quick 50 mm (2 inches) of rain causing flash flooding. Wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph) can result tree damage and localized power outages.
The worst conditions are expected across eastern Guangdong, southern Fujian and southern Jiangxi provinces where rainfall will average 125-250 mm (5-10 inches) with local amounts over 300 mm (12 inches).
Wind gusts to 160 km/h (100 mph) are possible near and just east of where Haima makes landfall in eastern Guangdong with wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph) extending well inland.
While Haima will weaken quickly after moving inland across China, heavy rain will spread northward across Jiangxi and into southern Anhui and then eastward across southern Jiangsu and northern Zhejiang provinces.
As a result, heavy rainfall and flooding is possible in and near Shanghai on Saturday and Sunday.
Residents in southern and eastern China should continue to monitor Haima.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed content to this story.
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