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#201 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:52 pm

Typhoon kills at least 73 in China By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer
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BEIJING - The most powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades raged across its southeastern coast, capsizing ships and destroying homes after 1.5 million people evacuated. Authorities said Friday that at leaset 73 people were killed and dozens injured.

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Typhoon Saomai, with winds up to 135 mph, made landfall Thursday at the town of Mazhan in coastal Zhejiang province, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing weather officials.

The death toll was put at two Thursday as the storm raged, but it quickly rose Friday with recovery efforts under way. Xinhua first reported 30 dead, later saying the toll had reached 73.

Most of the deaths occurred in Zhejiang province, where the bodies of 43 people, including eight children, were discovered in Cangnan county amid the debris of collapsed houses, Xinhua said.

An additional 28 people were killed and three were missing in other parts of Zhejiang, Xinhua said, but did not give details. In neighboring Fujian province, two people were killed, it said.

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#202 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:13 pm

:eek: Death toll in China from Typhoon Saomai climbs past 80 3 minutes ago



BEIJING (AFP) - Typhoon Saomai has claimed the lives of more than 80 people in China, and more than 20 others are still missing.

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Eighty-one people were killed and 11 others left missing in Wenzhou, one of the biggest cities in China's eastern Zhejiang province, Xinhua news agency said, citing the local civil affairs bureau.

In Fujian, the neighboring province to the south, another two people were killed and 12 others left missing, Xinhua said.

Wenzhou, which officials predicted would be the city worst hit by the typhoon, is suffering from severe flooding, with thousands of homes destroyed and more than 210,000 people lacking clean drinking water, according to Xinhua.

The death toll from Saomai, the strongest to hit China in decades, stood at 14 late Thursday.

It made landfall in Zhejiang on Thursday afternoon, packing winds of up to 216 kilometers (135 miles) an hour.

Saomai was downgraded overnight to a tropical storm with winds of only around 70 kilometers an hour but was still causing torrential rain in the east and southeast of China, according to local government websites.
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#203 Postby miamicanes177 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:16 pm

On Jeff Masters blog he says that Saomai had winds of 150mph sustained at landfall. I thought it was a low end cat 3 or cat 2.
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#204 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:21 pm

It was infact a upper cat3 or lower cat4. I say 115 knots.
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#205 Postby miamicanes177 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:23 pm

It was going downhill when I decided to go to bed. I just saw the first image of when it made landfall and it seems to have held itself together. Looks much more impressive than katrina at landfall. I could believe 135mph.
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#206 Postby JonathanBelles » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:30 pm

somethin that i noticed with this storm...it took a cat 4 to make everyone to even glance at it yet every one was looking at an invest that had little or no chance of development :grr:
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#207 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:32 pm

I agree its sad.
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#208 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:34 pm

Strong storm kills at least 111 in China By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press Writer
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BEIJING - The most powerful typhoon to hit China in five decades raged across its southeastern coast, capsizing ships and destroying homes after 1.5 million people evacuated. Authorities said Friday that at least 111 people were killed and dozens injured.

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Typhoon Saomai, with winds up to 135 mph, made landfall Thursday at the town of Mazhan in coastal Zhejiang province, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing weather officials.

The death toll was put at two Thursday as the storm raged, but it quickly rose Friday with recovery efforts under way. Xinhua first reported 30 dead, later saying the toll had reached 73.

Most of the deaths occurred in Zhejiang province, where the bodies of 43 people, including eight children, were discovered in Cangnan county amid the debris of collapsed houses, Xinhua said.

An additional 28 people were killed and three were missing in other parts of Zhejiang, Xinhua said, but did not give details. In neighboring Fujian province, two people were killed, it said.

Officials said at least 80 people were injured across the region. The typhoon was also blamed for at least two deaths in the Philippines earlier.

Torrential rains were forecast in the next three days as the typhoon churned inland across crowded areas where Tropical Storm Bilis killed more than 600 people last month.

Eight Taiwanese sailors were missing after two ships capsized in a harbor in Fujian, while four Chinese were missing after their ship struck a reef, the agency reported. Seven others were reported missing in the Philippines after giant waves and heavy rains generated by the typhoon battered coastal villages, officials said.

Saomai, dubbed a "super typhoon" by Chinese forecasters due to its huge size and high wind speeds, was the eighth major storm of this year's unusually violent typhoon season. Saomai was the most powerful typhoon to hit China since the founding of the communist government in 1949, Xinhua said, citing the Zhejiang provincial weather bureau.

Before the storm's arrival, 990,000 people were evacuated from flood-prone areas of Zhejiang and 569,000 from the neighboring coastal province of Fujian, Xinhua said. It said a total of 70,000 ships had returned to port in the two provinces.

The area is about 950 miles south of Beijing, the Chinese capital, which was not affected by the storm.

In the Philippines, more than 200 houses built on stilts were destroyed and a child was killed and another was reported missing as waves up to 10 feet tall ravaged the coast of Bongao, the capital of southern Tawi-Tawi province, before dawn Wednesday, provincial Gov. Sadikul Sahali said.

"There is floating debris everywhere," Sahali said.

At least six members of a family also were reported missing after their house was buried in a landslide on Sarangani island, part of southern Davao del Sur province, the Office of Civil Defense said.

Elsewhere, a man was killed as big waves washed away about 200 shanties in seaside villages in Talisay city on central Cebu island early Wednesday, the civil defense office said.

Saomai, named for the Vietnamese word for the planet Venus, passed across Japan's Okinawa island group on Wednesday with winds up to 89 mph, prompting airlines to cancel 141 flights and affecting 24,000 passengers.

China's weather bureau had forecast unusually heavy typhoon action this summer, saying warmer than normal Pacific currents and weather patterns over Tibet would create bigger storms and draw them farther inland.

Bilis triggered flooding and landslides as far inland as Hunan province, hundreds of miles from the coast.

Most of the deaths happened in areas away from coastal communities that have elaborate dike networks and a long history of evacuating flood-prone areas.

Typhoon Prapiroon lashed China's southern coast last week, killing at least 80 people in floods and landslides in Guangdong province and neighboring Guangxi.

Even as Saomai stormed ashore, Chinese forecasters were already closely watching Tropical Storm Bopha, which trailed behind it farther out in the Pacific. Bopha was about 110 miles southeast of Guangdong late Thursday and moving west with winds of 29 mph, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
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#209 Postby miamicanes177 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:41 pm

fact789 wrote:somethin that i noticed with this storm...it took a cat 4 to make everyone to even glance at it
I actually didnt pay any attention until it reached 160mph :roflmao:
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#210 Postby Cyclenall » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:44 pm

The death toll is rising fast. It's always like this in huge disaster's.
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#211 Postby Coredesat » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:13 pm

Time to start the Wikipedia article on this. Definitely looks like it did big damage. :cry:
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#212 Postby HurricaneBill » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:40 pm

Cyclenall wrote:The death toll is rising fast. It's always like this in huge disaster's.


This is reminding me of Typhoon Fred from 1994.

I heard a report saying there was a 25 ft storm surge.
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#213 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:41 pm

Yeah I expect damage going miles inland. In this area is has alot of people like 6 or so million.
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#214 Postby wxmann_91 » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:44 pm

That's not a good thing. Argh... :(

I did not even look at this until it had that annular cane w/o the eye look.
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#215 Postby HurricaneBill » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:44 pm

Team Ragnarok wrote:Time to start the Wikipedia article on this. Definitely looks like it did big damage. :cry:


I think Saomai is going to end up being a "billion dollar typhoon".
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#216 Postby Matt-hurricanewatcher » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:54 pm

I think he could even be the Katrina of Typhoons being that he hit in a dense Pop area with it being the strongest in 50 years.
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#217 Postby Cyclenall » Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:27 pm

There is a new burst of deep convection in the center. Just look at the AVN loop:

Link: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/mtsat/flt/t2/loop-avn.html

Yeah....I think I'm going to rise my "what the hell?" flag now.
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#218 Postby HurricaneHunter914 » Fri Aug 11, 2006 7:32 am

A burst of convection over land?
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#219 Postby Cyclenall » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:18 am

HurricaneHunter914 wrote:A burst of convection over land?

Yes, now there are 2 huge bursts of convection with red on the AVN! Now, remember that China has mountains and mountains kill tropical cyclones....and it's only looking better and better on SAT and IR. Yeah, my "WTF" flag is raised in the air now.

The NRL still has this at 65 knots. NRL is messed up right now since it's a TD currently.
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#220 Postby P.K. » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:38 am

It was downgraded to a TD last night. This is what the CMA have to say about it at the moment, 13m/s winds.

MESSAGE FOR NAVAREA XI(IOR) ISSUED BY NMC BEIJING
AT 1530UTC AUG. 11 2006=
MESSAGE IS UPDATED EVERY 06 HOURS=
SYNOPSIS VALID 1200UTC AUG. 11=
FORECAST VALID 1200UTC AUG. 12=
WARNING=
TD 0608(0608) SAOMAI 999HPA AT 29.6N 115.5E
MOVING NW 20KM/H AND MAX WINDS 13M/S NEAR

CENTER=
SUMMARY=
FOG OBSERVED LOCALLY OVER NORTH PART OF BOHAI
SEA AND NORTH PART OF YELLOW SEA AND NORTH
PART AND MODDLE PART OF JAPAN SEA AND PART OF
THAILAND GULF AND HORIZONTAL VISIBILITY LESS
THAN 10KM=
WINDS FROM 8 TO 12M/S SEAS UP TO 2.5M OVER
SEA EAST OF TAIWAN AND BASHI CHANNEL=
WINDS FROM 10 TO 14M/S SEAS UP TO 3.0M OVER
SOUTH PART OF SOUTH CHINA SEA AND SEA EAST
OF PHILIPPINE AND EAST PART OF SULAWESI
SEA=
SE WINDS FROM 10 TO 12M/S SEAS UP TO 2.5M OVER
SEA NORTHEAST OF AUSTRALIA=
SW WINDS FROM 10 TO 12 M/S SEAS UP TO 3.0M
OVER SEA NORTHWEST OF SUMATERA=
HORIZONTAL VISIBILITY LESS THAN 10KM OVER
PART OF BEIBU GULF AND PART OF MALACCA STRAIT
AND ANDAMAN SEA AND SEA WEST OF SUMATERA
AND SUNDA STRAIT AND MAKASSAR STRAIT AND PART
OF SULAWESI SEA AND LAUT MALUKU AND LAUT BANDA=
FORECAST=
DEVELOPING TROPICAL DEPRESSION 1004HPA NEAR
19N141E MOVING NW 15KM/H FOR NEXT 24HOURS=
FOG OVER BOHAI SEA AND YELLOW SEA AND JAPAN
SEA AND HORIZONTAL VISIBILITY LESS THAN 10KM=
WINDS FROM 10 TO 14M/S SEAS UP TO 3.0M OVER
SOUTH PART OF SOUTH CHINA SEA AND SEA EAST
OF PHILIPPINE=
SE WINDS FROM 10 TO 14M/S SEAS UP TO 3.0M OVER
SEA NORTHEAST OF AUSTRALIA=
SW WINDS FROM 10 TO 12 M/S SEAS UP TO 3.0M
OVER SEA NORTHWEST OF SUMATERA=
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