Packing 135 mph maximum sustained winds, Nalgae reached category 4 strength this morning. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center reports Nalgae “intensified rapidly” over the last 24 hours and predicts some additional strengthening. At landfall, its peak sustained winds may reach 145 mph, capable of significant destruction.
The storm is not quite as large as Nesat, so its footprint should not be as extensive. For example, impacts from wind, rain and surge in the capital city of Manila, well to the south of the Nalgae’s center, should be less severe. NOAA’s ensemble Tropical Rainfall Potential (eTRaP) tool projects about 4-8” of rain across northern Luzon down to about 1” or less around Manila. However, higher amounts are likely over elevated terrain. And given the recent flooding rains from Nesat and saturated ground, additional significant flooding is a virtual guarantee in many areas.
MonstersandCritics.com reports “thousands of people” in northern provinces are still trapped due to Nesat’s flooding rains. Nesat killed 43 people and 30 remain missing.
As for Nesat, it made landfall in north Vietnam yesterday as a tropical storm. Bloomberg reports Nesat “damaged 300 houses, sunk 11 boats, flooded 1,600 hectares of rice fields and prompted the evacuation of 2,000 people in Vietnam.”
Prior to reaching Vietnam, Nesat struck the northeast part of Hainan Island in China Thursday. The storm clipped Hong Kong, where winds gusted as high as 68 mph.
Watch this captivating time lapse video of Nesat’s bands sweeping through Hong Kong (hat tip AccuWeather)...