Weakening Linfa Brings Lingering Rain, Wind to Southeast China
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
July 10, 2015, 9:56:14 AM EDT
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Tropical Storm Linfa made landfall in southeastern China on Thursday as a severe tropical storm. Linfa will continue to bring rain and wind to the area despite recent weakening.
Hong Kong was spared from the worst of the storm as Linfa passed just to the north causing a few downpours and gusty winds.
Linfa formed early July 3, local time in the Philippine Sea and moved to the northwest of Luzon early the following week. Rainfall totaled 150-250 mm (6-10 inches) across northern and western Luzon with localized amounts in excess of 300 mm (12 inches) through Thursday.
Even though Linfa did not make landfall in Taiwan, the storm impacted southern and central Taiwan with heavy rain and gusty winds.
However, now inland, Linfa will continue to weaken as it moves westward across southeast China producing heavy rainfall and gusty winds. Guangdong province will bear the brunt of this cyclone with widespread rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches).
Wind gusts have subsided to 80 kph (50 mph), which can knock down trees and power lines, but wind speeds will be weakening into the weekend..
Surf and seas will continue to be rough in the South China Sea through early Saturday, posing hazards for swimmers and boaters across the region.
AccuWeather Meteorologists Courtney Spamer and Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
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