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Typhoons hit Asia in an unprecedented path of destruction

While super typhoon Talim starts off the coast of the Philippines and heads towards Taipei, China and Japan, Typhoon Doksuri is heading towards Vietnam.  In the meantime, the Philippines, who thought they had missed this group of Typhoons was hit by Tropical Depression Maring in a week of severe weather across Asia.

China’s National Meteorological Center on Tuesday warned that Typhoon Talim could intensify and turn into a super typhoon as it churns towards Taiwan off the Chinese mainland, Wednesday. The storm will then move northwest at a speed of 25 km to 30 km an hour towards the coast of Zhejiang and Fujian, making landfall late on Thursday or early Friday, according to China’s National Meteorological Center.

Then the typhoon heads to Japan where authorities have issued evacuation alerts for around 640,000 people as Typhoon Talim nears southern Japan.

Talim, the 18th typhoon of the season in the Pacific, made landfall on Sunday in Minamikyushu city, on the southern tip of Kyushu island, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds. The typhoon led to the cancellation of more than 770 domestic flights operating at airports in Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku regions.

Authorities warned of landslides and high waves as Typhoon Talim battered the southern Okinawan island chain, dumping the most rain seen over a 24-hour period in 50 years in the city of Miyako.

In Hanoi, Vietnam officials on Thursday (Sep 14) ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate its central coastal area as Typhoon Doksuri closed in, with officials predicting the storm could be the most powerful in a decade.

Doksuri is expected to make landfall in Vietnam midday on Friday, packing heavy winds and rain.

The storm is forecast to lash four central provinces with heavy rain and winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour (96 miles per hour), according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Panicked residents fortified their homes and hauled boats in from the water.

In the Philippines, more areas were placed under signal number 1 alert as Tropical Depression Maring maintained its strength and continued moving west-northwest today (Monday, September 11)

All in all a bad week for storms in Asia

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