Most Read: Local

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Twin storms Damrey and Saola near coast of China

Typhoon Damrey (top) and tropical storm Saola (bottom) at 2:30 p.m. EDT (Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies)
Double trouble. Typhoon Damrey and tropical storm Saola are both making landfall in mainland China.

Damrey, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (equivalent to a category 1 hurricane), is coming ashore this afternoon (EDT) in northern Jiangsu.

To the south, Saola, with maximum sustained winds of around 50 mph, is forecast to drift across the Taiwan straight before moving inland near Fuzhou around 8 p.m. EDT, says the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

The main hazard from these storms is torrential rain.

Tuesday evening (10 p.m. EDT), both Damrey (top) and Saola (bottom) had reach typhoon intensity. Soala has weakened some since. ( NASA )
Incredibly, Saola dumped a jaw-dropping 70 inches of rain over three days in one location as it crossed northern and western Taiwan AccuWeather says. Voice of America reports Saola has already been blamed for four deaths there.

In the Philippines, Saola killed 23 people says Al-Jazeera.

By  |  02:57 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Categories:  Latest, International Weather, Tropical Weather

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company