Three typhoons heading towards southeast Asia

China, Taiwan and Japan prepare for three strong typhoons looming over Pacific Ocean, while typhoon Falcon leaves two dead in Philippines

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A trio of tropical typhoons have been travelling across the Pacific Ocean in recent days and are expected to make landfall at Hong Kong, Taiwan and China later this week.

Meanwhile, the tropical storms Linfa and Falcon that hit the Philippines three days ago left two people dead before heading on towards Hong Kong.

Weather officials say the three powerful tropical storms - Chan-hom, Linfa and Nangka - are the latest examples of intensifying typhoon activity in the region, which has been linked to climate change and warmer ocean waters.

The largest of the trio is Chan-hom, which currently stretches from the eastern Philippines to the US Western Pacific territory of Guam. It is listed as a Category 1 hurricane but forecasters believe it will strengthen as it reaches northern Taiwan with winds of 135 mph (217 kph) on Thursday or Friday. Officials say Chan-hom will also touch China’s southeastern shoreline, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds.

China also expects Typhoon Linfa the second tropical storm to have hit the Philippines, to make landfall this weekend. Train services have been suspended and schools are closed in the south and east of the country.

China's commercial capital Shanghai will stop all passenger trains on Friday and Saturday, but no storm warning has been issued.

The latest and the strongest of these typhoons, Nangka, is listed as a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to reach Category 5 strength next week. However, it is not heading towards land, and weather watchers say when it reaches the Japanese coast later next week it will hopefully have weakened.  

Around 55 powerful tropical storms occur in the Pacific every year, and multiple typhoons are not rare, according to the Weather Network. The typhoon season runs from May to the end of November.

TRTWorld and agencies