We have a tropical storm heading our way. This storm isn’t typhoon strength yet but the danger that this storm poses is it’s track, which is supposed to take it into the Taiwan Straight where it will travel up our west coast.
+ Forecast Outlook: LINFA is now expected to move North to NNE for the next 2 days and shall no longer enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). The 5-day Long-Range Forecast shows LINFA reaching its peak winds of just 110 kph before entering the Strait of Taiwan early tomorrow morning. It shall cross Taiwan Strait affecting the coastal areas of SE China and NW & Northern Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, June 21 until early morning Monday, June 22. It shall then dissipate and accelerate NE to ENE on June 22 until June 24, passing north of Okinawa, & transforming into an Extratropical Cyclone while passing to the south of Southern Japan.
Normally storms come in from the Pacific and strike our east coast, where the mountains scrub them down to managable wind speeds and moisture content. When a storm comes into the Taiwan Straight however, there is no protection to the populous west coast.
I will update this post with more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, please see Bushman’s Typhoon Blog for regular updates.