Goni Brings Heavy but Beneficial Rain to Northeast China, Vladivostok
By By Eric Leister, meteorologist
August 28, 2015, 5:49:38 AM EDT
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Goni battered western Japan and southeast Korea with damaging winds and flooding rainfall on Tuesday before spreading rain into North Korea, China and Russia on Wednesday.
Yanbian, China, Vladivostok, Russia and Chongjin, North Korea, have already had rainfall and more is on the way through Thursday.
Goni continues to weaken as it approaches Vladivostok, Russia, near where the storm's final landfall is expected on Wednesday night. Flooding rainfall will remain the greatest threat, however some localized gusts over 65 kph (40 mph) are possible.
Total rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) will be common across this region, with localized amounts exceeding 150 mm (6 inches) leading to a high risk for flash flooding.
While flooding is possible, the rainfall is also needed in Vladivostok as the summer months have been abnormally dry this year. Rainfall from June 1 through Aug. 25 was less than 40 percent of normal, with only 121 mm (4.75 inches) falling in the city.
A soaking rain will fall across the interior of northeast China on Thursday with lingering showers in southeast Russia. From Friday into the weekend, numerous showers will continue across northeast China, however there will no longer be a threat for flooding.
During Goni's long trek across the West Pacific, it left death and destruction in its wake.
Goni left 21 people dead, mainly due to landslides, in the Philippines, the Associated Press reports.
As Goni moved northward and passed through Ishigakijima, Japan, it produced sustained winds of 162 kph (101 mph) and a gust to 255 kph (159 mph). The city endured sustained winds over typhoon force for four straight hours. The winds were strong enough to damage buildings and flip over automobiles.
Goni remained a very powerful typhoon as it tracked just west of northern Ryukyu Islands on Monday, bringing total rainfall of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) to areas from Okinawa to Amami Oshima.
Goni then plowed into western Kyushu with typhoon-force winds and rainfall totaling over 250 mm (10 inches) in some areas, including Mount Unzen.
While South Korea was spared the strongest winds of Goni, a soaking rain fell over much of the eastern half of the county with rainfall totaling 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) across the eastern coastal plain. Localized amounts exceeded 150 mm (6 inches).
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