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Meranti Makes Landfall

September 15, 2016

By Paul Homewood


Sorry to belabour the point, but it is important to finish the story of Typhoon Meranti.

It appears that Xinhua News Agency have confirmed that Meranti made landfall near the city of Xiamen early this morning.

They report wind speeds of 105 mph:




Chinese media have some photos of few uprooted trees and puddles. Otherwise, fortunately,  little real damage has been done.



A tree is blown down by gale in typhoon-hit Xiamen City, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sept. 15, 2016. Typhoon Meranti made landfall in Xiamen in the early morning on Thursday. (Xinhua/Zheng Jun)






I really could not resist showing this picture from China Daily:



Typhoon Meranti causes extensive damage in East China

Huge waves hit the shores in coastal city of Wenling, Zhejiang province, as Typhoon Meranti makes its way to East China on Sept 14, 2016.



This is one of a sequence of photos. The previous one is this:



Typhoon Meranti causes extensive damage in East China

A resident captures the huge waves hitting the shores in Wenling, Zhejiang province, as Typhoon Meranti approaches East China on Sept 14, 2016.





If you thought the British press was guilty of overhyping ordinary events, pity the poor Chinese!!!

  1. September 15, 2016 6:17 pm

    Reminds me of the super storm that was approaching Mexico last year or the year before. Lifted a bit of tin off a few shacks. Sadly, these folks don’t seem to understand how to gain credibility.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    September 15, 2016 7:00 pm

    Love that pair of photos.

    They sum up the situation most convincingly.

  3. Nigel S permalink
    September 15, 2016 8:07 pm

    At least he wasn’t standing on the sea wall taking a selfie.

  4. September 15, 2016 8:29 pm

    There is an airport weather station at Xiamen (ZSAM) which reported spot observations at the top of every hour through the storm passage. The highest wind reported at this station was 22 mps gusting to 39 mps from the north-north west (330 degrees) and pressure of 964 mb at 1900 UTC on September 14. The report for the next hour was wind 20 gusting to 35 mps from the sout-southwest (200 degrees) and pressure of 973 mb.

    Considering the sharp wind shift, the eye of the typhoon may have passed over or very near the station between 1900 and 2000 UTC. Since there was only one observation at the top of each hour, peak winds were probably higher and lowest pressure probably lower, but not reported. The reported sustained wind of 22 mps was probably a 10-minute average and converts to 49 mph, 43 kt, and 79 kph. The reported gust to 39 mph converts to 87 mph, 76 kt, and 140 kph.

    • September 15, 2016 8:40 pm

      Oops, make that “reported gust to 39 mps converts …”

    • 3x2 permalink
      September 16, 2016 11:20 am

      Just going from the two sea pictures, that would have been my guess for that particular area. (not very ‘scientific’ I’ll admit)

      Nothing that can’t be seen regularly over the coming months on the East Coast of England.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 15, 2016 10:40 pm

    The first photo — Lady in Black — is puzzling!

  6. Helen permalink
    September 16, 2016 2:34 pm

    I’ll bet there was a tragic loss of lawn chairs.

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