China battens down after storm lashes Taiwan
Tropical storm Pabuk was upgraded to typhoon status just before maing landfall on southern Taiwan. It is now approaching southern mainland China. Typhoon signal 1 was been hoisted in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile a new tropical storm has formed to the north east pf Philippines and current forecasts suggests this could affect Taiwan. I will post more updates as the situation develops. The article below is from Reutuers AlertNet.
TAIPEI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - China has relocated thousands of people in its eastern coastal province of Fujian as it battens down for a storm expected to hit on Wednesday after brushing Taiwan.
Tropical Storm Pabuk lashed southern Taiwan, a self-ruled island off China's southeast coast, with heavy rains, temporarily cutting power to more than 50,000 homes and causing minor flooding, officials said, but there was no widespread damage.
By 0000 GMT, the centre of the storm was about 110 km (70 miles) west of Kaohsiung and was moving west at 23 kph, with sustained winds of up to 101 kph and maximum gusts of 126 kph, the Central Weather Bureau said on its Web site www.cwb.gov.tw
In Fujian, more than 20,000 people had been moved to safety, while more than 6,700 boats had returned to shore, Xinhua news agency quoted the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters as saying.
Heavy downpours are forecast for central and southern parts of the province after a summer in which vast swathes of China have suffered flooding or drought. killing at least 700 people.
Tropical storms in the region gather intensity from the warm ocean waters and can develop into typhoons that frequently hit Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and southern China during a season that lasts from early summer to late autumn.
In 2001, one of Taiwan's deadliest years for storms, Typhoon Toraji, killed 200 people. A few months later, Typhoon Nari caused Taipei's worst flooding on record, killing 100.