Super typhoon Soudelor claims victim

Super typhoon Soudelor claims victim

Biggest storm of the year, Soudelor, takes a life

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Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in an enhanced infrared NOAA satellite image taken in the Western Pacific Ocean yesterday.
Photo: Reuters

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A close-up of the eye of Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in a NOAA satellite image taken in the Western Pacific Ocean yesterday.
Photo: Reuters

[Update - Aug 7, 3:45pm]

An eight-year-old girl died in Taiwan on Thursday after being swept to sea by Typhoon Soudelor, officials said today. The girl was swept from eastern Yilan county. Another child went missing from the same incident while a 38-year-old woman and another girl survived.

The storm is currently a “moderate typhoon” (the second highest category), with wind speeds of 173 km/h at its centre, according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau. It has been labelled a category three storm, at a scale of one to five, by the Tropical Storm Risk, and is expected to rise to category 4 within hours. 

More than 2,000 people have been relocated from Taiwan’s outlying islands. Offices and schools have been shut in coastal counties Yilan and Hualien with more counties in the north and east expected to follow suit later.

The typhoon is expected to move to Fujian where people living on the coast have already begun to be evacuated.


[Update - Aug 5, 3:01pm]

The former super typhoon, Soudelor, has been downgraded from a category five typhoon by the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, but Hong Kong’s Observatory says it’s bigger than that. The massive storm is due to hit the mainland at the weekend. Hong Kong’s weather will be hot and hazy, with some isolated thunderstorms, HKO forecaster Yeung Wai-lung told the SCMP.

Soudelor developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year yesterday. It slammed into the Northern Marianas with winds of up to 193km/h. It’s winds reached upwards of 193km/h as of midday today.

Yeung said Soudelor’s speeds have dropped now, but were at 231km/h on Tuesday morning.


Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world’s most powerful storm of the year yesterday. It slammed into the Northern Marianas with winds of up to 193kph. Now it is heading towards the mainland, Taiwan and Japan, where it is due to make landfall. Currently its wind gusts are reaching 354kph, AFP reports.

The storm reached a record low pressure of 900 millibars, which, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency makes it the strongest storm of the year.

Food, water and other emergency supplies are heading to Saipan as island residents grapple with damage caused by Soudelor, reports Associated Press.

The Pacific Daily News reports  many houses lost roofs and parts of the island lost access to water and power. The Northern Marianas government said 464 residents are staying in schools and other public facilities.

Hawaii and Guam are sending cots and generators among their supplies. The two islands are also raising money for relief efforts.

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