The insanely perfect eye of Super Typhoon Maria is now barrelling towards Taiwan and China who face severe impacts over the next several days! Destructive winds and flooding rains are both likely! Above image via RAMMB colour satellite image.
Maria developed in the Pacific Ocean almost a week ago (July 3) before rapidly intensifying into the first Category 5 typhoon since Nock-ten in 2016. Satellite and data indicated that Maria slightly weakened after it underwent an eye wall replacement cycle… however the latest data says Maria has regained Category 5 intensity as she barrels towards Taiwan and China.
Over the next 24hrs, conditions are expected to deteriorate across Taiwan and the Okinawa Prefecture (the islands between Japan and Taiwan) as Maria moves towards and through the region. The good thing is that all models are indicating Maria will miss land areas, but destructive winds and torrential rain are still both expected and could cause significant damage in the way of structural damage over Northern Taiwan, mud slides, flooding rain and potential storm surges. Higher rainfall totals than currently being forecast cant be ruled out due to the steep orographic component of Taiwan’s geography – and this would only enhance the flood / mudslide threat downhill from these isolated falls.