Typhoons Lekima and Krosa threaten East China, Taiwan and Japan

Posted on Aug 14


> After causing severe damage in China, Typhoon Lekima has now dissipated
> Typhoon Krose is now threatening to make landfall in southwest Japan within the next few days
> Hundreds of flights were cancelled in advance of the storm’s arrival
> No port closures have yet been reported

Your V. Alexander Customer Service Team will advise of any delay caused to your shipments from the affected areas.


> Lekima made landfall early Saturday between Taiwan and Shanghai with strong winds and heavy rain, and moved north on Sunday, passing over Shanghai towards Shandong province
> No significant impact on ocean freight schedules has been reported
> A large number of flights have been cancelled out of Shanghai, Beijing and other airports, causing delays to air cargo
> Typhoon Krosa is spreading heavy rain across the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, is now moving north-west and could strike Japan some time next week

Your V. Alexander Customer Service Team will advise of any delay caused to your shipments from the affected areas.


> China issues “Red Alert” (most serious in its four-tiered alert system) in anticipation of Typhoon Lekima’s landfall on Saturday, expecting wind speeds of up to 130 mph and heavy rainfall
> China’s National Meteorological Administration forecasts Lekima to make landfall in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai, before turning north toward the city
> Lekima briefly became a super typhoon, (with winds 150 mph or greater) late Thursday but has now weakened to a Category 3 hurricane, expected to weaken further while moving towards Shanghai
> Port authorities have been ordered to take action, possibly diverting ships to Hong Kong but no official announcements of potential closings have been made yet
> Chinese Airlines cancelled flights mainly between Shanghai and Taiwan on Friday while Taiwanese airlines reportedly canceled about 520 international and domestic flights
> Rainfall totaling more than 14 inches has been reported in northern parts of Taiwan and heavy rain and strong wind gusts may still impact parts of Taiwan into Friday night
> At least four people were injured in Japan, and disruptions of flights and ferries across the southern Japanese islands were reported
> Typhoon Krosa is now about 1,000 miles to the east of Lekima with winds equivalent in strength to a Category 2 hurricane, it is currently weakening
> It is expected to remain over the open waters of the Western Pacific for the next five days, causing gusty winds and heavy rainfall in the Ogasawara Islands
> It could gain more latitude and could approach mainland Japan next week as a typhoon

Two powerful typhoons in the Western Pacific Ocean area are threatening to bring severe tropical weather to multiple parts of Asia and will possibly impact transportation routes from China, Taiwan and Japan.
Super Typhoon Lekima, which equals a Category 4 hurricane, which is still over open water threatens to make landfall in the coming days. Lekima’s current impacts have been rough seas from northern Luzon to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands, with rain and winds up to 74 mph increasing over the Sakashima Islands on Thursday.
On Friday the storm is expected to move north across Taiwan, with the potential of gaining further strength. It is expected to make landfall at or pass close to China’s coast over the weekend but expected to weaken.
Areas from northern Taiwan to eastern China are expected to hardest hit by Lekima through Sunday, with wind speeds topping 80 mph, and 135 mph in certain areas.
Regardless of its eventual strength the storm is expected to cause heavy tropical rainfall and flooding from southern Taiwan to eastern China, with the area between Shanghai, China, and Kaohsiung City, Taiwan potentially receiving up to 6 inches of tropical rainfall while locations in northern and western Taiwan and the eastern half of the Zhegiang are most likely getting up to 7.9 inches of rain.
After hitting eastern China through the weekend Lekima could continue to move northward into the Yellow Sea, impacting northeastern China and the far western edge of the Korean Peninsula, or it could curve off to the east, causing heavy rain and gusty winds in South Korea and southwestern Japan.
Meanwhile, Japan remains on alert for potential impacts from Typhoon Krosa that developed northwest of Guam on Tuesday and rapidly grew into a severe tropical storm that strengthened into a typhoon early Thursday morning that is currently located near the Northern Mariana Islands, causing heavy rainfall of over 6 inches to the nearby islands including Guam.
As Krosa moved northwest on Thursday and strengthened rapidly, causing winds of up to 98 mph, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane.
Should Krosa continue its northward track this weekend it will most likely impact Japan early next week.
The close proximity of Krosa to Lekima allows the two systems to feed off each other and influence one another, this makes the exact track of Krosa very uncertain.
We will monitor the situation and your V. Alexander Import Team will notify you immediately should any shipments be impacted by these typhoons.