Active Pacific typhoon season continues

Thursday 26th Nov 2015 by theWeather Club

Image: An aerial view of the town of Joso in Ibaraki Prefecture, after the Kinugawa river burst its banks

Typhon Etau: Two people were killed, 27 injured and more than 100,000 people ordered to leave homes as torrential rains cause widespread flooding in east of Japan in September. Several towns submerged under water, and houses in Joso – a town of approximately 65,000 people - were destroyed after Etau caused the Kinugawa river to burst its banks sending a torrent of muddy water into the town. Etau - the northwest Pacific’s 20th named tropical storm of the season - made landfall early on 10th September. The heaviest rainfall was observed in Tochigi prefecture where more than 650 mm was recorded in a 24-hour period, more than twice the average monthly total for September. “This is a downpour on a scale that we have not experienced before,” forecaster Takuya Deshimaru told an emergency press conference.

Super Typhoon Dujuan: At the end of September, super typhoon Dujuan (the 21st typhoon of the season) killed 2 people and injured more than 300 as it swept across Taiwan with winds exceeding 150 mph and torrential rainfall. More than 12,000 people were evacuated and half a million left without electricity. Severe winds uprooted trees and smashed windows and the heavy rains triggered multiple landslides. The heaviest rain was in north-east Taiwan in the mountainous Wulai district where more than 900mm fell – nearly a third of the country’s annual rainfall. This region was only recently damaged by severe flooding and landslides as a result of Typhoon Soudelor, which caused at least eight deaths in Taiwan.

Typhoon Koppu: The active Pacific typhoon season continued into October as Typhoon Koppu hit northern Philippines, killing 54 and displacing tens of thousands. Thousands fled their homes as winds exceeding 150 mph ripped off roofs and tore down trees and pylons. Heavy rain caused river and surface flooding resulting in landslides across the main island of Luzon. The deadliest and strongest Typhoon to hit the Philippines - Super Typhoon Haiyan - destroyed entire towns in the central islands in November 2013, leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing.