Yutu to approach China, Taiwan after slamming Luzon
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
November 01, 2018, 11:20:44 AM EDT
After departing the Philippines, Tropical Storm Yutu will now impact Taiwan, China, in the coming days.
Many areas previously impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut in mid-September were dealt another round of heavy rain and damaging winds from Yutu which made landfall in Isabela province around 4 a.m. local time Tuesday.
At least 11 people were killed across Luzon as the powerful typhoon battered the region, according to the Associated Press.
As many as 19 others remain missing following a landslide in Natonin. Four people were rescued from the landslide on Wednesday.
Additional landslides have hindered rescue efforts across the Cordillera Region of northern Luzon.
In advance of the storm's arrival, more than 10,000 people were evacuated from high risk areas.
Rainfall amounts in excess of 150 mm (6 inches) were reported across parts of northern and eastern Luzon.
Typhoon-force winds battered the region, causing damage to homes and agriculture, while also resulting in widespread power outages.
Manila, on the western coast of southern Luzon, was largely spared from Yutu's impacts as the capital city reported a period of gusty winds and rain on Tuesday morning.
Yutu, known locally in the Philippines as Rosita, has since tracked northward over the South China Sea, allowing conditions to improve across the Philippines.
A hostile environment will likely cause Yutu to lose its low-level circulation and be declared a tropical rainstorm by the end of the week.
Regardless of whether or not Yutu makes a direct landfall across China or Taiwan, there will be a risk for impacts later in the week and through the weekend.
"Yutu will slowly fall apart over the South China Sea, but periods of rain are still expected across the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian in China, and across parts of Taiwan," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker.
Impacts from Yutu are expected to remain east of Hong Kong this week, with risk for flooding rainfall from eastern Guangdong into southeast Fujian.
Yutu will cause locally heavy rainfall across eastern Taiwan as moisture streams into the higher terrain of the island, bringing the risk for flooding and mudslides into Friday.
The remainder of the island will escape any significant impacts from Yutu.
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