Taiwan and Japan's Ryukyu Islands brace for flooding rain, winds over 160 km/h from strengthening Nepartak
On July 5, AccuWeather reports Typhoon Nepartak will target northern Taiwan and Japan's southern Ryukyu Islands with flooding rain and damaging winds later this week.
Eastern China and South Korea will also be threatened.
Nepartak continues to gain strength after ending the record for longest stretch without a named tropical storm in the northwestern Pacific Ocean on Sunday.
The environment is more than conducive for Nepartak to strengthen further and the cyclone could achieve Super-typhoon status in the next 12-24 hours.
Lives and property will be severely threatened as Nepartak tracks dangerously close to the Ryukyu Islands of Yaeyama and Miyako and northern Taiwan later this week.
These areas will face flooding rainfall of 125-250 mm (5-10 inches) and destructive winds of 160-210 kph (100-130 mph), according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.
Seas will become dangerously rough for shipping interests around the islands as Nepartak approaches. The islands will also be subject to coastal flooding, especially near and north of Nepartak's track.
Residents are encouraged to make the necessary precautions to protect lives and property ahead of the typhoon and heed evacuation orders.
The worst conditions across the southern Ryukyu Islands will be Thursday into Thursday night.
After passing the Ryukyu Islands, Nepartak will track over or near the northern coast of Taiwan and toward eastern China later this week.
Wind damage is expected in northern parts of Taiwan, with the worst conditions occurring in Taipei County and Yilan County. Flooding rain and mudslides will also threaten these areas.
Nepartak's worst impacts will be felt across Taiwan on Thursday night into Friday. Heavy rain and strong winds will then spread along the far eastern China coast Friday afternoon into the weekend.
The worst impacts in eastern China will be from northeastern Fujian province to eastern Jiangsu province, according to Douty.
"Typhoon-force winds will be common near the coast, and 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain will cause flooding," he said.
Residents of Taiwan and eastern China should closely monitor the expected track of Nepartak. Any shift in the cyclone's path will result in changes to the impacts across the region.
A farther west track could renew the major flood risk in Jiangsu and eastern Anhui provinces, which endured deadly flooding rain late last week. Even in this scenario, Nepartak's rain should remain east of the hardest-hit areas from Hefei to Wuhan.
Recent flooding along China's Yangtze River has killed more than 180 people, according to BBC News. Dozens more remain missing.
Once in the Yellow Sea this weekend, Nepartak is expected to begin weakening and will curve toward the Korean Peninsula.
Nepartak will likely be a minimal typhoon or strong tropical storm as it tracks over or between the Korean Peninsula and China late in the weekend
By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist by AccuWeather.com