WorldAware is monitoring Super Typhoon Lekima and recommends the following. 

Review business contingency plans. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and non-perishable food in case power is lost. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas as the storm approaches; heed authorities' instructions in the event evacuations are ordered. Once the storm arrives, limit unnecessary driving in affected regions until it passes. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations. 

 
Navigate to each of the alert updates for Super Typhoon Lekima:

Critical Alert | August 11Lekima weakens to a depression over Shandong Province, China, late Aug. 11; inclement weather likely to persist through Aug. 13.

Critical Alert | August 11: TS Lekima forecast to move northerly over eastern China, through Aug. 13; second landfall likely near Qingdao, late Aug. 11.

Critical Alert | August 10: Lekima downgraded to Tropical Storm in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10; projected to move north through Aug. 13.

Critical Alert | August 10: Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10; projected to move north across eastern China through Aug. 13.

Critical Alert | August 9: Typhoon Lekima tracking northwest in East China Sea, Aug 9. Landfall projected in Zhejiang Province, China, early Aug. 10.

Critical Alert | August 8Super Typhoon to make landfall on Tarama Island, Japan, Aug. 9. Second landfall in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10.

Warning Alert | August 7: Typhoon Lekima strengthening, moving northwest in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 7. 

Warning Alert | August 6: TS Lekima strengthening, moving northwest in Philippine Sea, Aug. 6. Landfall possible in Yaeyama Island, Japan; Taiwan, Aug 9.


Critical Alert effective August 11 03:33 GMT: Lekima weakens to a depression over Shandong Province, China, late Aug. 11; inclement weather likely to persist through Aug. 13.

 

  • Incident: Tropical Depression Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Shandong Province, around 186 km (116 miles) northwest of Qingdao
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 20 kts (37 kph/23 mph)
  • Affected Area: Eastern China, including Tianjin, as well as Hebei, Liaoning, and Shandong provinces 

 

 

Summary

Lekima has weakened into a tropical depression. As of 0800 CST Aug. 12, the center of circulation was approximately 186 km (116 miles) northwest of Qingdao in Shandong Province, with maximum sustained winds speeds of 20 kts (37 kph/23 mph). Lekima is forecast to dissipate over the Bohai Sea north of Shandong Province by early Aug. 13.

 

Hazardous Conditions

As of 0600 CST Aug. 12, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has downgraded the typhoon and rainfall warnings to Blue - the lowest level of a four-tiered system. Remnants of Lekima is forecast to affect northern Shandong, northeastern Hebei, eastern Tianjin, eastern Jilin, and southwestern Liaoning provinces through at least Aug. 13, with rainfall totals projected to reach 10-20 cm (4-8 inches). Sustained, heavy rainfall could trigger flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily overwhelmed stormwater drainage systems. There can also be landslides in the affected areas that have recently been affected by drought. Sites downstream of large reservoirs could experience flooding after relatively short periods of intense rainfall. Rain-induced debris flows pose a significant concern in steeply sloped terrains where the soil has become overly saturated.

Updated reports indicate Lekima has caused at least 32 fatalities following its landfall over Zhejiang Province, early Aug. 10; at least 16 others remain missing. Up to 21,000 emergency crews are involved in rescue and recovery operations in the hardest-hit regions in Zhejiang Province suffering from flooding as well as power and water supply disruptions. Chinese authorities stated the storm has damaged more than 34,000 homes and affected more than 5 million people in the province.


 

Transport

Flights schedules at major international airports, including Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Hangzhou (HGH), Wenzhou Longwan (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe (NGB), and Qingdao (TAO), are normalizing as of Aug. 12. Lingering flight disruptions are possible as airlines work to clear passenger backlogs in the coming days.

Ground transport disruptions are likely to persist in the coming days, especially in Zhejiang Province, as authorities continue repair and recovery works. Floodwaters and related debris may render some bridges, rail networks, or roadways impassable, impacting ground transport throughout the affected area. Flooding in urban areas could also result in further significant traffic congestion. Flooding and landslides could block regional rail lines; freight and passenger train delays and cancellations are possible in areas that see heavy rainfall or track blockages.


 

Advice

Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing freight through areas affected by the storm. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas due to the threat of flood from sustained heavy rain. Plan accordingly for possible supply chain issues, especially if shipping cargo through airports or ports in affected cities in China. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case power is lost.


Critical Alert effective August 11, 04:02 GMT: TS Lekima forecast to move northerly over eastern China, through Aug. 13; second landfall likely near Qingdao, late Aug. 11.

 

  • Incident: Tropical Storm Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Jiangsu Province, around 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Yancheng
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 45 kts (83 kph/52 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Qingdao, Shandong Province (late Aug. 11)
  • Affected Area: Eastern China, including Anhui, Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, and Zhejiang provinces

 

Summary

Tropical Storm Lekima continues to track northerly over Jiangsu Province in eastern China. As of 0800 CST Aug. 11, the center of circulation was approximately 40 km (25 miles) northeast of Yancheng in Jiangsu Province, with maximum sustained winds speeds of 45 kts (83 kph/52 mph). Lekima is forecast to move north into the Yellow Sea before making a secondary landfall over Qingdao, Shandong Province, late Aug. 11. The storm is likely to weaken and dissipate over the Bohai Sea in the next 24-48 hours. The track and intensity forecast could change over the next few days.

 

Weather Warnings
 

As of 0600 CST Aug. 11, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) maintains a Yellow Typhoon Warning for parts of eastern China, including Tianjin, as well as parts of Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, and Shandong provinces. CMA also maintains a Yellow Rainfall Warning, with heavy rainfall likely over central-eastern Tianjin, as well as Jiangsu, Shandong, eastern Hebei, eastern Henan, eastern Jilin, eastern Heilongjiang, and Liaoning provinces. In addition to issuing new warnings, authorities could update, extend, or rescind existing advisories at short notice. Weather warnings could remain active even after Lekima's immediate threat has diminished, as some areas may still be highly susceptible to rain-induced hazards. The possibility of localized evacuations cannot be discounted if weather conditions prove particularly hazardous.

 

Meteorological Impacts

Lekima has caused significant disruptions in eastern China since its landfall over Zhejiang Province early Aug. 10. Authorities evacuated more than 1 million people across eastern China, including around 253,000 in Shanghai, before the storm's landfall. Reports indicate at least 28 fatalities in Yongjia County in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province; torrential rains caused a landslide that formed an artificial dam, which subsequently collapsed and triggered a large flow of floodwater into the village of around 120 people downstream. At least 20 others remain missing.

Forecast guidance continues to show potential for heavy rainfall in the coming days; sustained, heavy rainfall could trigger flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily overwhelmed stormwater drainage systems. Floodwater, debris, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Storm tidal surge is likely and may cause flooding, especially along the coasts of eastern China and regions along the Yangtze River.


 

Transport/Utilities

Authorities have canceled thousands of flights at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), and Hangzhou International Airport (HGH) as of Aug. 11. Airlines affected by cancellations include Air China (CA), China Eastern Airlines (MU), and China Southern Airlines (CZ). Flight delays and cancellations have also occurred at Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), and Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Lingering flight disruptions are likely in the coming days as airlines work to clear passenger backlogs following the passage of the storm.

Ground transport disruptions are likely to persist in the coming days as authorities continue repair and recovery works. Strong winds from Lekima downed thousands of trees and at least 100 power lines. Authorities also suspended train services to and from the Yangtze delta region; services will likely resume following safety inspections on infrastructure. Maritime restrictions around affected coastlines could remain in place through at least Aug. 13 once the threat of storm surges diminish.


 

Advice

Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations. Limit unnecessary driving in affected regions. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing freight through areas affected by the storm. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas due to the threat of flood from sustained heavy rain. Plan accordingly for probable supply chain problems, especially if shipping cargo through airports or ports in affected cities in China. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case power is lost.


Critical Alert effective 18:32: Lekima downgraded to Tropical Storm in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10; projected to move north through Aug. 13.

 

  • Incident: Tropical Storm Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Zhejiang Province, around 80 km (50 miles) west southwest of Shanghai, China
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 60 kts (111 kph/86 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Qingdao, Shandong Province (early Aug. 12)
  • Affected Area: Eastern China, including Anhui, Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, and Zhejiang provinces 

 

Summary

After making landfall and subsequently being downgraded from Typhoon level, Tropical Storm Lekima is travelling north over Zhejiang Province in eastern China. As of 2000 CST Aug. 10, the center of circulation was approximately 80 km (50 miles) west southwest of Shanghai, with maximum sustained winds speeds of 60 kts (111 kph/86 mph). Lekima is forecast to weaken as it tracks northerly over the eastern coast of China in the coming days. Storm projection indicates Lekima will continue north as a tropical storm, before it enters the Yellow Sea and makes a secondary landfall near Qingdao, Shandong Province, early Aug. 12. Lekima is likely to weaken into a tropical depression over the Bohai Sea by early Aug. 13. The track and intensity forecast is still subject to changes over the next several days.

 

Weather Warnings

As of 2000 CST Aug. 10, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) now maintains a Yellow Typhoon Warning for most of eastern China, including coastal regions between Xiangshan and Cangnan in Zhejiang Province, as well as Shanghai and parts of Anhui, Fujian, and Jiangsu provinces. CMA also maintains an Orange Rainfall Warning for Beijing and Shanghai, as well as northern Fujian, eastern and southern Jiangsu, southeastern Anhui, central-southern Hebei, central Henan, southwestern and northern Chongqing, southern Sichuan, central-northern Yunnan, and eastern Heilongjiang provinces.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has lifted its typhoon warnings for the island.

In addition to issuing new warnings, authorities could update, extend, or rescind existing advisories at short notice. Weather warnings could remain active even after Lekima's immediate threat has diminished, as some areas may still be highly susceptible to rain-induced hazards. The possibility of localized evacuations cannot be discounted if weather conditions prove particularly hazardous.

 

Meteorological Impacts

Lekima has the potential to cause significant disruptions in eastern China. Forecast guidance shows potential for heavy rainfall, which can result in flash and areal flooding, as well as landslides in hilly areas. The highest rainfall totals could reach 20-30 cm (8-12 inches), with locally higher totals possibly reaching or exceeding 50 cm (20 inches). Sustained, heavy rainfall could trigger flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily overwhelmed stormwater drainage systems. Floodwater, debris, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Storm tidal surge is likely and may cause flooding, especially along the coasts of eastern China and regions along the Yangtze River.

 

Transport

Authorities have canceled hundreds of flights at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) as of Aug. 10. Flight delays and cancellations have also occurred at Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), and Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Lingering flight disruptions are likely in the coming days after normal operations resume as airlines work to clear passenger backlogs. Additionally, authorities have canceled train services to and from the Yangtze delta region. Maritime safety officials at Hangzhou have also suspended hundreds of ferries and passenger ship services.


Critical Alert effective 05:45 GMT: Typhoon Lekima makes landfall in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10; projected to move north across eastern China through Aug. 13.

 

  • Incident: Typhoon Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Zhejiang Province, around 249 km (155 miles) south of Shanghai, China
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 75 kts (139 kph/86 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Qingdao, Shandong Province (early Aug. 12)
  • Affected Area: Eastern China, including Anhui, Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, and Zhejiang provinces 

 

 

Summary

Typhoon Lekima has made landfall over Zhejiang Province in eastern China. As of 0800 CST Aug. 10, the center of circulation was approximately 249 km (155 miles) south of Shanghai, with maximum sustained winds speeds of 75 kts (139 kph/86 mph). Lekima is forecast to weaken as it tracks northerly over the eastern coast of China in the coming days. Storm projection indicates Lekima will pass Shanghai late Aug. 10 as a tropical storm, before it enters the Yellow Sea and makes a secondary landfall near Qingdao, Shandong Province, early Aug. 12. Lekima is likely to weaken into a tropical depression over the Bohai Sea by early Aug. 13. The track and intensity forecast is still subject to changes over the next several days.

 

Weather Warnings

As of 1000 CST Aug. 10, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) maintains a Red Typhoon Warning - the agency's highest alert level - for most of eastern China, including coastal regions between Xiangshan and Cangnan in Zhejiang Province, as well as Shanghai and parts of Anhui, Fujian, and Jiangsu provinces. CMA also maintains an Orange Rainfall Warning for Beijing and Shanghai, as well as northern Fujian, eastern and southern Jiangsu, southeastern Anhui, central-southern Hebei, central Henan, southwestern and northern Chongqing, southern Sichuan, central-northern Yunnan, and eastern Heilongjiang provinces.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has lifted its typhoon warnings for the island.

In addition to issuing new warnings, authorities could update, extend, or rescind existing advisories at short notice. Weather warnings could remain active even after Lekima's immediate threat has diminished, as some areas may still be highly susceptible to rain-induced hazards. The possibility of localized evacuations cannot be discounted if weather conditions prove particularly hazardous.


 

Meteorological Impacts

Lekima has the potential to cause significant disruptions in eastern China. Forecast guidance shows potential for heavy rainfall, which can result in flash and areal flooding, as well as landslides in hilly areas. The highest rainfall totals could reach 20-30 cm (8-12 inches), with locally higher totals possibly reaching or exceeding 50 cm (20 inches). Sustained, heavy rainfall could trigger flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams, and creeks. Urban flooding is also possible in developed areas with easily overwhelmed stormwater drainage systems. Floodwater, debris, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Storm tidal surge is likely and may cause flooding, especially along the coasts of eastern China and regions along the Yangtze River.

 

Transport

Authorities have canceled hundreds of flights at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) as of Aug. 10. Flight delays and cancellations have also occurred at Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), and Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Lingering flight disruptions are likely in the coming days after normal operations resume as airlines work to clear passenger backlogs. Additionally, authorities have canceled train services to and from the Yangtze delta region. Maritime safety officials at Hangzhou have also suspended hundreds of ferries and passenger ship services.

 

Advice

Review business contingency plans. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case power is lost. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas as the storm approaches; heed instructions from the authorities. Limit unnecessary driving in affected regions; seek updated information on road conditions before driving. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations.
 


Critical Alert effective August 9 16:58 GMT: Typhoon Lekima tracking northwest in East China Sea, Aug 9. Landfall projected in Zhejiang Province, China, early Aug. 10.

 

  • Event: Typhoon Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: East China Sea, 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 94 knots (175 kph/110 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Overnight Aug. 9-10 in Zhejiang Province, China
  • Affected Area: Far southern Japan; Taiwan; eastern mainland China 

 

Summary

Super Typhoon Lekima has weakened to a strong typhoon as it tracks northwest over the East China Sea. As of 0800 CST, the center of circulation was 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, mainland China, with maximum sustained winds speeds of 175 kph (110 mph). Lekima will make landfall near Taizhou overnight Aug. 9-10 before shifting to a northerly track and passing just west of Shanghai Aug. 10. The system will subsequently cross Haizhou Bay and make another landfall near Qingdao, Shandong Province. Lekima will weaken over the next several days as it interacts with land; however, the track and intensity forecast is still subject to change.

 

Weather Warnings

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau maintains typhoon warnings for north and northeastern parts of Taiwan, including Taipei. Mainland China's Meteorological Administration has upgraded its earlier orange warnings for Zhejiang to red warnings -the agency's highest alert level. Orange warnings for rainfall associated with Lekima have been issued for northern Fujian, eastern and southern Jiangsu, Shanghai, southeastern Anhui, Beijing, central-southern Hebei, central Henan, southwestern and northern Chongqing, southern Sichuan, central-northern Yunnan, and eastern Heilongjiang. Gale warnings have also been issued for the Yangtze River Delta region, including Shanghai.

In addition to issuing new warnings, authorities could update, extend, or rescind existing advisories at short notice. Weather warnings could remain active even after Lekima's immediate threat has diminished, as some areas may still be highly susceptible to rain-induced hazards. The possibility of localized evacuations cannot be discounted if weather conditions prove particularly hazardous.

 


Critical Alert effective 16:58 GMT: Super Typhoon to make landfall on Tarama Island, Japan, Aug. 9. Second landfall in Zhejiang Province, China, Aug. 10.

 

  • Event: Super Typhoon Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Philippine Sea, approximately 25 km (15 miles) southeast of Tarama Island, Japan
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 130 kts (240 kph, 150 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Tarama Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan (Aug. 9)
  • Affected Area: Far southern Japan; Taiwan; eastern mainland China

 

 

Summary

Typhoon Lekima has strengthened rapidly to super typhoon intensity and continues to move northwestward in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 8. As of 2300 CST, the center of circulation was located 25 km (15 miles) southeast of Tamara Island, Japan, with maximum wind speeds of 240 kph (150 mph).The latest model guidance suggests Lekima will make landfall as a super typhoon on or near Tamara Island, Japan, early Aug. 9. Lekima is already causing power outages in Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture.

After passing over Tamara Island, Lekima will make a close approach to Taiwan as it turns northward toward Zhejiang Province, mainland China, where a second landfall is likely. Lekima will gradually weaken over the next several days as it interacts with land and moves toward Jiangsu, and Shandong Provinces. The track and intensity forecast is still subject to changes over the next several days.


 

Weather Warnings

The Japanese Meteorological Administration has issued storm warnings for Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures for heavy rainfall, gale force winds, and wave heights of 9-13 meters (30-43 feet). Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has issued warnings for vessels operating in waters east of the island, including areas of the Bashi Channel and typhoon warnings for northern Taiwan, including Taipei. Mainland China's Meteorological Administration has issued orange typhoon warnings for the mainland's eastern provinces and a blue typhoon warning for Shanghai.

In addition to issuing new warnings, authorities could update, extend, or rescind existing advisories at short notice. Weather warnings could remain active even after Lekima's immediate threat has diminished, as some areas may still be highly susceptible to rain-induced hazards. The possibility of localized evacuations cannot be discounted if weather conditions prove particularly hazardous.


 

Meteorological Impacts

Along its current path, Lekima has the potential to cause significant disruptions in Japan's Ryukyu Islands, as well as across Taiwan and in eastern mainland China. Forecast guidance shows potential for heavy rainfall, which can result in flash and areal flooding, as well as landslides in hilly areas. The highest rainfall totals will be in northern Taiwan and eastern mainland China where 10-20 cm (4-8 inches) are expected with locally higher totals possibly reaching or exceeding 40 cm (16 inches). An earthquake struck Taiwan, Aug 8. which poses a heightened concern for landslides in that area. Flooding, downed trees, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Coastal surge is likely and may cause coastal flooding, especially on the coasts of the southern Ryukyu Islands, northern Taiwan, and eastern mainland China.

 

Transport

Authorities will likely suspend flights and ferry services as the storm approaches. Markets, businesses, and schools across Taiwan have been ordered to close Aug. 9 in advance of Lekima. Flights from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) have already been canceled. Additional flight disruptions are possible at Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), and Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Port closures are also likely as Lekima approaches and brings rough seas.

 

Advice

Review business contingency plans and prepare for the storm's arrival as early as possible. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case power is lost. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas as the storm approaches; heed authorities' instructions in the event evacuations are ordered. Once the storm arrives, limit unnecessary driving in affected regions until it passes. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations.

 


Warning Alert effective 17:26 GMT: Typhoon Lekima strengthening, moving northwest in Philippine Sea, Aug. 7. Landfall possible in Yaeyama Islands, Japan, Aug 9.

 

  • Event: Typhoon Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Philippine Sea, approximately 488 km (266 miles) southeast of Ishigaki, Yaeyama Islands, Japan
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 100 kts (185 kph, 115 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan (Aug. 9)
  • Affected Area: Far southern Japan; Taiwan; eastern China

 

Summary

Typhoon Lekima has strengthened rapidly and continues to move northwestward in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 7. As of 2000 CST, the center of circulation was located 488 km (266 miles) southeast of Ishigaki, Japan, with maximum wind speeds of 185 kph (110 mph). Forecast models indicate the system will continue to intensify as it moves northwest across the Philippine Sea toward the Yaeyama Islands and Taiwan. The latest model guidance suggests Lekima could make landfall as a strong typhoon in Japan's Yaeyama Islands, early Aug. 9, before making a close approach to Taiwan as it turns northward toward Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces, China, where a second landfall is possible. The track and intensity forecast is still subject to significant changes over the next several days. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has issued warnings for vessels operating in waters east of the island, including areas of the Bashi Channel. Meteorological agencies are likely to issue additional typhoon warnings as Lekima pushes closer to land.

 

Meteorological Impacts

Along its current path, Lekima has the potential to cause significant disruptions in the southern chains of Japan's Ryukyu Islands, as well as across Taiwan and in eastern China. Forecast guidance shows potential for heavy rainfall, which can result in flash and areal flooding, as well as landslides in hilly areas. The highest rainfall totals will occur in areas closest to the center of circulation. Flooding, downed trees, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Coastal surge is likely and may cause coastal flooding, especially on the coasts of the southern Ryukyu Islands, northern Taiwan, and eastern China.

 

Transport

Authorities may suspend flights and ferry services as the storm approaches. Flight disruptions are possible at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), and Qingdao International Airport (TAO). Port closures are also likely as Lekima approaches and brings rough seas.

 

Advice

Review business contingency plans and prepare for the storm's arrival as early as possible. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case power is lost. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas as the storm approaches; heed authorities' instructions in the event evacuations are ordered. Once the storm arrives, limit unnecessary driving in affected regions until it passes. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations.
 


Warning Alert effective 17:39 GMT: TS Lekima strengthening, moving northwest in Philippine Sea, Aug. 6. Landfall possible in Yaeyama Island, Japan; Taiwan, Aug 9.

  • Event: Tropical Storm Lekima
  • Center of Circulation: Philippine Sea, approximately 731 km (454 miles) south of Naha, Japan
  • Maximum Sustained Winds: 60 kts (110 kph, 70 mph)
  • Projected Landfall (Date): Taiwan or Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan (Aug. 9)
  • Affected Area: Far southern Japan; Taiwan; eastern China

 

Summary

Tropical Storm Lekima continues to move northwestward in the Philippine Sea, Aug. 6. As of 2000 CST, the center of circulation was located 731 km (454 miles) south of Naha, Japan, with maximum wind speeds of 110 kph (70 mph). Forecast models indicate the system will intensify as it moves northwest across the Philippine Sea toward Taiwan, potentially reaching typhoon strength early Aug 7 as it moves into warmer waters. The latest model guidance suggests Lekima could make landfall in Taiwan or Japan's Yaeyama Islands, late Aug. 9, before turning northward toward Zhejiang Province, China, where a second landfall is possible. The track and intensity forecast is still subject to significant changes over the next several days.

 

Meteorological Impacts

Along its current path, Lekima has the potential to cause significant disruptions in the southern chains of Japan's Ryukyu Islands, as well as across Taiwan and in eastern China. Forecast guidance shows potential for heavy rainfall, which can result in flash and areal flooding, as well as landslides in hilly areas. The highest rainfall totals will occur in areas closest to the center of circulation, Flooding, downed trees, and landslides may block roads in some areas, hampering immediate relief efforts. Strong winds can down trees and damage telecommunications infrastructure, potentially causing power outages, especially in areas closest to the storm's path. Coastal surge is likely and may cause coastal flooding, especially on the coasts of the southern Ryukyu Islands, northern Taiwan, and eastern China.

 

Transport

Authorities may suspend flights and ferry services as the storm approaches. Flight disruptions are possible at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), Wenzhou Longwan International Airport (WNZ), Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB), and Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). Port closures are also likely as Lekima approaches and brings rough seas.

 

Advice
 

Review business contingency plans and prepare for the storm's arrival as early as possible. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and non-perishable food in case power is lost. Consider evacuating low-lying coastal areas as the storm approaches; heed authorities' instructions in the event evacuations are ordered. Once the storm arrives, limit unnecessary driving in affected regions until it passes. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving. Use caution around streams, rivers, and other flood-prone areas. Plan accordingly for potential urban flooding and transportation disruptions. Confirm all flights and train reservations.

 


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