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Tropical Storm Goni/Jolina Drenches Taishan, China

20.6N 111.4E

August 7th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Remnants of Tropical Storm Goni - August 7th, 2009

Remnants of Tropical Storm Goni - August 7th, 2009

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Track of TS Goni

Track of TS Goni

Tropical Storm Goni (08W), also known as Jolina, has brought torrential rain to southern China after making landfall early Wednesday morning.

Downpours drenched Taishan in Guangdong Province for 15 hours. Average rainfall in the area has reached 128 millimeters, causing direct economic losses in Taishan of up to 120-million yuan.

As it weakens, Goni is moving westward and slowing. The storm is expected to bring downpours to western part of Guangdong on Thursday and Friday.

Earlier, the Maritime Affairs authority issued an emergency warning to 20-thousand fishing vessels in the South China Sea, ordering them back to port.

Late on July 25, the JTWC reported that an area of convection had formed in a monsoon trough about 815 km (515 mi) to the northeast of Guam. Over the next few days the disturbance gradually developed before being declared as dissipated early on July 28, as the low level circulation center was not well defined and higher vertical wind shear affecting the system.

However the disturbance regenerated early on July 30, and a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert was issued early on August 1st, as deep convection had increased and was starting to consolidate around a circulation center. However later that morning Goni made a landfall near to Casiguran, in the Philippine province of Aurora, before emerging out into the South China sea later that day. At 1700 UTC of August 4, Goni made its second landfall over Macau.

In the Philippines Goni (Jolina) death toll is 8 with 5 more missing. Goni (Jolina) affected 38,589 families or 160,038 people in 119 villages in 25 towns and five cities in Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Mindoro Occidental, Palawan, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Lanao del Sur, and Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao.

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