Typhoon Hagupit Makes Landfall in China

Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in China on Monday.  At 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday the center of Typhoon Hagupit was located at latitude 28.3°N and longitude 120.8°E which put it about 50 miles (80 km) south-southwest of Taizhou, China and about 235 miles (375 km) south of Shanghai.  Hagupit was moving toward the north-northwest at 13 m.p.h. (20 km/h).  The maximum sustained wind speed was 80 m.p.h. (130 km/) and there were wind gusts to 100 m.p.h. (160 km/h).  The minimum surface pressure was 978 mb.

Former Tropical Storm Hagupit strengthened quickly to a typhoon before it made landfall on the east coast of China.  A circular eye formed at the center of circulation.  A ring of strong thunderstorms surrounded the eye and the strongest winds were occurring in that ring of storm.  Winds to typhoon force extended out 35 miles (55 km) from the center of circulation.  Winds to tropical storm force extended out 135 miles (220 km) from the center.

The Hurricane Intensity Index (HII) for Typhoon Hagupit was 11.5.  The Hurricane Size Index (HSI) was 12.0 and the Hurricane Wind Intensity Size Index (HWISI) was 23.5.  Typhoon Hagupit was capable of causing regional minor damage.

Typhoon Hagupit will move around the western end of a subtropical high pressure system over the Western North Pacific Ocean.  The high will steer Hagupit toward the north during the next 24 hours.  On its anticipated track the center of Typhoon Hagupit will pass west of Shanghai in 18 to 24 hours.  Hagupit will bring gusty winds and locally heavy rain to Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Heavy rain could cause flash floods in some locations.  Typhoon Hagupit will also cause a storm surge along the coast of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Shanghai Shi.