Jul 10, 2016

Typhoon Nepartak Drenches Taiwan, Killing 2; Now Headed For China

Taitung City, Taitung County
Lanyu Township, Taitung County
Tianxiang 3rd St, Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City
Yuli Township, Hualien County
Taiwan 950
Taiwan 952
Taiwan 330
Taiwan 981
by
Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
Radar image of Super Typhoon Nepartak making landfall in southeastern Taiwan taken at 5:30 pm EDT July 7, 2016 (5:30 am local time on Friday in Taiwan.) Image: Taiwan CWB
Radar image of Super Typhoon Nepartak making landfall in southeastern Taiwan taken at 5:30 pm EDT July 7, 2016 (5:30 am local time on Friday in Taiwan.) Image: Taiwan CWB

Typhoon Nepartak powered ashore over the southeastern shore of Taiwan at approximately 6:30 pm EDT (22:30 UTC) July 7 as a Category 4 super typhoon with top sustained winds of 150 mph, as estimated by the the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) estimated that Nepartak had a central pressure of 930 mb shortly before landfall. Nepartak hit a relatively unpopulated portion of Taiwan, limiting the damage from the storm...

The nearest large city to the storm's landfall location, Taitung (population 107,000), measured sustained 10-minute winds of 81 mph, gusting to 114 mph, at 21 UTC Thursday, in the northwest eyewall of Nepartak. Taitung's pressure sank as low as 964 mb. Lanyu, on an island just off the coast, saw sustained winds (10-minute average) of 101 mph, with a gust to 160 mph, at 02:15 UTC July 8, when the station was in the south eyewall of Nepartak. Several locations in southeast Taiwan received over 15" of rain in less than 24 hours from Nepartak: Tianxiang (19.05" or 484 mm) and Yuli (17.48" or 444 mm)