Taiwan is seeing just what a Tropical Storm can due when it interacts with the mountain chain that dominates the center of the coutry.
Severe Tropical Storm Kong-Rey the 15th named storm of the 2013 typhoon season dropped over 300mm of rainfall in wide swath of the island from Wednesday in to the Thursday as Kong Rey Tracked to the south. One location in the south West of Taiwan in Shangshang saw a staggering amount of rainfall with a total of 764mm of rainfall in just the 24hr span.
A total of 240 alerts for mudslides and flash flooding were issued in Nantou, Pingtung, Kaohsiung and Chiayi by Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture. Needless to say many schools and business in these areas were shut down on Thursday due to the rising flood waters.
A women in Chaiyi become stranded in her own home by the flood waters, she was quoted as saying “”It came at 1 a.m. I was so afraid and didn’t dare to go anywhere,”
Kong-Rey first formed east of the Philippines where it also received its name “Nando” now the storm continues to track north. I think the next problem with Kong-rey is going to be in to Friday and Saturday as it starts to get wrapped up with a cold front barrowing off the China and Korea coastline towards Japan. This in itself has a lot of energy but as it grabs Kong Rey it will feed that much more moisture and instability in to the front causing some heavy showers even in to Tokyo over the weekend. The worst of it though will be in western Kyushu through the Hokoriku region where up to 150-200mm of rainfall could be seen. Last weekend this area saw flooding and many locations are still drying out after that.
By Sunday the worst of the weather should start to clear out but many areas will see a drop in temperatures becoming a little less summer like and more fall like for those in Eastern China and Korea.