Typhoon Koinu slams Taiwan

Typhoon Koinu made landfall at the southern tip of Taiwan this morning, producing record setting winds …

A weather monitoring station on the outlying Orchid Island, southeast of the main island, measured a gust of 342.7 kph (212.9 mph) at 9:53 p.m., as well as sustained winds that reached 198.7 kph (123.5 kph) at 9:40 p.m. Both values set all-time highs since Taiwan began keeping records of wind speeds in 1897, said Huang Chia-mei, head of the Central Weather Administration’s Taitung Weather Station, according to the official Central News Agency.

From AP News Feed (link)

Here is the latest (5am ET, 5pm China Standard Time) TAOS/TC impact map based on the JTWC forecast:

There are several hundred injuries and at least one dead, with economic impacts likely to be in excess of $10 Billion USD when effects on the mainland are included (which looks to be brushed by the storm as it decays and moves south).

On the other side of the world, Tropical Storm Philippe has finally started the long overdue northward run. Here are NHC’s latest Key Messages regarding Tropical Storm Philippe (en Español: Mensajes Claves), and my TAOS/TC model impact swath:

Atlantic Canada can expect another nor’easter like event this weekend, probably not as intense as Lee was a few weeks ago. For New England, likely coastal gusty winds and rain. By then the storm will likely be in transition and not really tropical, but that won’t matter too much with respect to the impacts.

NHC has a yellow blob off of Africa tagged at 30% formation potential over the next week. It may move west on a Philippe like track, but nothing to worry about at this point. While there are patches of favorable conditions in the Atlantic (especially sea surface temperatures), the changes to more fall like conditions are underway.

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