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Typhoon Soulik soaks Taiwan, heads for mainland China (+map)

Typhoon Soulik continued its trek over Taiwan on Saturday, where it lashed the capital of Taipei with strong winds and at least 200mm of rain in one day.

It is predicted to drench the island’s mountain regions with up to 355mm of rain before moving on to the coast of mainland China in the early evening, CNN meteorologist Samantha Mohr said.

Soulik’s winds have died down to a maximum sustained speed of 140km/h, making it the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm has lost its eye and will continue to weaken as it curves to the north over China, but it will continue dumping heavy rains over the country’s east.

This week in south-central China, downpours triggered flooding and landslides that killed dozens and wiped out thousands of homes. More than 100 are still missing, according to Sichuan province officials.

The typhoon’s path should spare the region, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

But it will drop rain on areas in the east and north already soaked.

Image / JTWC



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