A Terrible Typhoon Strikes Philippines En Route to China

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Typhoon Doksuri

Typhoon Doksuri, which had packed winds equivalent to those of a Category 4 hurricane, is expected to hit China later this week. It also threatens Taiwan.

Typhoon Doksuri, a tropical cyclone moving through the Pacific Ocean, grazed the northern Philippines on Wednesday morning and was expected to pass near Taiwan before making landfall in China later this week.

As of early Wednesday morning local time, the storm was over Fuga Island in the Philippines’ Cagayan Province, the national meteorological service said in a bulletin. The agency had warned that flooding and rain-induced landslides were possible over the next three days, and urged people in some low-lying areas to evacuate.

It was not immediately clear if the cyclone had caused any major damage.

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Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau

Doksuri had a maximum sustained wind speed of 138 miles per hour on Tuesday evening, according to the United States military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii. That would make it a Category 4 storm on the scale that is used to measure hurricanes in the Atlantic. Category 5 storms, the most intense, have maximum sustained winds of 157 m.p.h. or higher. The agency had not yet said what the wind speeds were at the time of landfall in the Philippines.

The storm was moving west at about 12 m.p.h. as of 5 a.m. Wednesday and was expected to potentially make landfall over other parts of northwestern Cagayan Province, which encompasses part of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island, the Philippine meteorological service said. It was expected to cross the Taiwan Strait on Thursday and make landfall on China’s southern coast, most likely in the vicinity of Fujian Province, on Friday morning.

In the Philippines, where the government has used a parallel typhoon naming system for decades, Doksuri is known as Egay.

A tropical cyclone is a storm, typically one with a diameter of a couple hundred miles, that begins over a tropical ocean and generates violent winds, torrential rain and high waves. The term “hurricane” applies to those that form in the North Atlantic, the northeastern Pacific, the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico; “typhoon” applies to ones that develop in the northwestern Pacific and affect Asia.

As Doksuri heads toward China this week, it is expected to drop several inches of rain in Taiwan and potentially hit the island’s southern tip, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

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Source: NY Times