Typhoon Soulik Makes Landfall in Taiwan
By By Jim Andrews, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist
July 15, 2013, 2:10:56 AM EDT
Powerful Typhoon Soulik made landfall in northern Taiwan early Saturday morning local time with wind gusts reported to 130 mph.
The worst of the storm will affect Taipei into Saturday afternoon. Wind gusts in the city of more than 2 million can reach over 80 mph.
Widespread property damage will be possible across the country. While the strongest winds will be across the north, heavy rainfall could produce flooding anywhere across the nation.
The storm's severe winds pounded the southernmost Ryukyu Islands of Japan where wind gusts topped 130 mph late Friday.
As of Saturday evening, local time, the eye of Typhoon Soulik near Taipei. The highest sustained winds have weakened to 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts.
Heavy rainfall of 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) will be widespread along the path of Soulik through Taiwan and into China through the weekend with 1- to 2-foot (30- to 60-cm) amounts over the mountain spine of Taiwan. Flash flooding and mudslides will pose significant threats.
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