Tropical Disturbance 18W upgraded to Tropical Storm Hagupit
Tropical storm Hagupit is forecast to strike China as a typhoon at about 10:00 GMT on 24 September. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 21.9 N, 115.4 E. Hagupit is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 157 km/h (97 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.
According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Hagupit’s strength (category 2) at landfall includes:
- Storm surge generally 1.8-2.4 metres (6-8 feet) above normal.
- Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings.
- Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down.
- Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
- Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the storm center.
- Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.
There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.