Typhoon Usagi Weakens Before Landfall in China’s Guangdong Province: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Severe Typhoon Usagi, the 19th named storm to form in the Northwest Pacific this year, made landfall near the city of Shanwei (150 kilometers northeast of Hong Kong) in the Chinese province of Guangdong at 6 p.m. (local time) Sunday. Accompanied by heavy rains, a central pressure of 941 millibars, and 10-minute sustained winds of 85 knots (157 km/h) according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Usagi struck as a strong Category 2 typhoon. Prior to landfall, the Hong Kong Observatory raised the…

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Floods Associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Strike Eastern Australia

Floods Australia 2012 - 2013 Cyclone Season

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, flooding has hit parts of eastern Australia, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate their homes. The heavy precipitation over the past week is associated with ex-tropical cyclone Oswald and was enhanced by a monsoon trough, an elongated area of low pressure that moved south along the Queensland coast into New South Wales. Floodwaters cut off rural communities, damaged homes, caused massive power outages, and disrupted coal mining operations. Water levels are slowly receding on most rivers, but dozens of flood warnings still remain…

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