Typhoon In-fa will threaten Japan and East Asia with high winds and high winds – .

Typhoon In-fa will threaten Japan and East Asia with high winds and high winds – .

It comes after Typhoon Cempaka rapidly strengthened as it approached China’s southeast coast on Tuesday, making landfall about 240 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong.

Cempaka is now overland, bringing total rainfall of 4 to 8 inches (100 to 200 millimeters) to parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan provinces. Isolated locations could approach 20 inches (500 millimeters) through Friday.

Typhoon In-fa has yet to directly make landfall, but is gaining strength as it swirls westward over the Pacific Ocean.

Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph (140 km / h), as of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. ET (Wednesday 5 a.m. local time) update from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
The storm is starting to bring rain and tropical storm conditions to parts of the southern islands of Japan, and those chances of rain will remain high throughout this week as In-fa slowly heads west.

The slow nature of this storm will cause a substantial increase in total precipitation. Many islands in southern Japan will see totals of at least 10 inches (250 millimeters), with totals over 20 inches (500 millimeters) likely at higher elevations.

“In-Fa will pass south of Okinawa, closer to Miyakojima, which is built to handle the accompanying rains and wind. The problem can arise when the system moves near Taipei, ”CNN meteorologist Tom Sater said. Maximum winds near the center of In-fa are expected to approach 120 mph (195 km / h) in the area by Thursday evening, when the storm could reach its maximum intensity.

“Taiwan’s mountain range could bring down up to a meter of rain in the region, while Taiwan struggles with its worst drought in about 50 years. This amount of rain could lead to flash floods and catastrophic landslides. “

By Friday, In-fa is expected to approach Taiwan, which could have significant impacts on the country, especially in the northern part of Taiwan, according to current forecasts.

It is not certain whether the typhoon will land in the country, but it should at least follow closely enough for some impacts.

Flash floods from heavy rains will be of great concern, with totals of over 12 inches (300 millimeters) in the lower elevations and over 20 inches (500 millimeters) in the mountains of Taiwan later in the week.

Strong winds, which could cause power outages, will be another risk for these parts of East Asia. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center predicts that winds near the center of the storm will peak at 102 mph (165 km / h), with stronger gusts likely.

In-fa is expected to continue heading west, reaching eastern China this weekend. Current forecasts indicate that it will always be typhoon-intense. Heavy rains will remain a threat from this storm throughout its duration.

Record rainfall in eastern China before In-fa

Heavy rains in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou broke a record, according to the city’s meteorological office on Tuesday.

At least one person has been reported dead and two missing amid flooding in the Chinese city of Gongyi, Henan province, according to the CGTN official newspaper on Tuesday.

“Hourly precipitation and single-day precipitation have surpassed the historic record 60 years since the establishment of the Zhengzhou Meteorological Bureau in 1951,” Zhengzhou Meteorological Department said in a video it posted explaining precipitation.

“The precipitation the city received in the past three days was already equivalent to the total amount of precipitation the city received last year,” the department said.

The average annual rainfall in Zhengzhou is 25/2 inches (640.8 millimeters), according to the office. Meanwhile, according to their analysis of recent precipitation, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the city recorded 7.9 inches (201.9 millimeters) of precipitation. From 8 p.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the city saw 21.8 inches (552.5 millimeters) of rain; and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the city saw 24.3 inches (617.1 millimeters) of rain.

Vehicles were stranded on Tuesday after a heavy downpour in Zhengzhou city, central China's Henan Province.

The humidity associated with this rain may be linked to Typhoons Cempaka and In-fa, although they are located hundreds of kilometers from this part of China.

Torrential rains have hit central China’s Henan Province since Friday, affecting more than 144,660 residents, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua on Tuesday. More than 10,000 have been relocated to safer places.

Heavy flooding hit central China following unusually heavy rains as the Zhengzhou city metro system was inundated with whitewater.

The highest level of precipitation was seen in Pingdingshan City, Lushan County, with 15.8 inches (400.8 millimeters) of precipitation, Xinhua reports, adding that the rainwater damaged more than 35 square miles (9,000 hectares) of crops, causing losses worth $ 11.3 million.

CNN’s Hira Humayun contributed to this report.


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