Typhoon Sarika: torrential rain in S. China, N. Vietnam


After barreling over the Philippines and through the South China Sea, Sarika has its sights set on southern China and northern Vietnam.

With the equivalent strength as a Category 1 hurricane, Typhoon Sarika, also known as Karen in the Philippines, is forecast to have sustained winds to 145 km/h (90 mph) near the storm’s eye at the time of landfall in Hainan.

Landfall on the Island is expected on Tuesday. Damaging wind gusts will threaten to cut power, down trees and cause damage to property across Hainan. Isolated wind damage may also extend to the north into the Leizhou Peninsula in southern Guangdong.

As it interacts with land, Sarika will slowly weaken, likely returning to tropical storm strength as it emerges back over water.

The system will move through the Gulf of Tonkin toward the border between China and Vietnam. Sarika’s final landfall is expected in northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, local time.

Despite weakening, significant impacts are still expected across the region.

Following Aere, which unleashed deadly flooding earlier in October, Hainan Island and north-central Vietnam will be at a greater risk of devastating flooding from Sarika.