Typhoon Haikui Flooding Eastern China; Dam Bursts Killing 10

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The area of heavy rain is not only expansive, but it has been long-lived. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps

It’s been raining in eastern China for a week and it’s been raining heavily since this past Tuesday. Early Friday morning a reservoir dam southeast of Shanghai gave way, killing 10 and injuring 27; there are still people missing. All this rain is the result of Typhoon Haikui which moved onshore Wednesday. Overall, 53 fatalities have been attributed to the tropical cyclone.

Haikui began as a tropical depression early last week and as it strengthened it moved more or less west-northwestward directly to the China coast. Since making landfall, its movement has slowed, but the rainfall continues to be quite heavy, including around the Shanghai metropolitan area. Up to eight more inches of rain could fall over the next 48 hours with isolated areas seeing 10-12 more inches. Flooding and mudslides will remain a concern for the next several days. By Sunday the heavy rain threat will have ended and, perhaps, the cleanup efforts can begin.

As the Atlantic tropical season begins to heat up, our thoughts are with those in the affected areas of Zhejiang Province.

Typhoon Haikui over eastern China. Image: Wikipedia

Haikui’s storm track varied little from it’s inception in the west-central Pacific to its eventual landfall over China’s Zhejiang Province. Image: Wikipedia

Eastern Zhejiang Province has been on the receiving end of a week of torrential rainfall. Image: Google


As tropical waters of the Atlantic continue to warm, the region becomes more favorable for development. The climatological peak of the Atlantic season is September 10. Image: ImpactWeather's TropicsWatch

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