Tropical Typhoon Matmo, located in the Western Pacific has cleared the Northern Territory of Luzon of the Philippines, and is now continuing on a northwestern course to directly hit Taiwan. ..... It then will continue in a Northwestern direction to arrive on mainland China directly centered on Tannan and Haitan Bays. The typhoon is expected to rapidly loose strength as it passes over Taiwan because of the very mountainous terrain that makes up the island nation. There are currently 197 mountains making up the island country, more than any other country in the world. If there were any landmass that could really damper the forward direction and strength of a storm, it would be Taiwan. Taiwan is definitely the buffer that protects mainland China.
|Mountains clearly visible in the screenshot above|
The storm is now a Category 1 typhoon as it heads towards Taiwan, the 50th largest country in the world. The population of Taiwan over 23 million people as of 2012, but before the storm reaches Taiwan because of the high water temperatures, it is expected to gain strength as a category 2 storm prior to reaching Taiwan. It is the 16th most densely populated country in the world. Taipei City, which is the capital of Taiwan has a total population of over 7 million. After going through the mountainous terrain of Taiwan, it will pass over water again before reaching China, and then it may strengthen again, possibly entering China as a category 2 typhoon, but this gain of strength is not expected. It is just a possibility.
This storm will clearly not be one of the strongest storms to affect the Philippines, Taiwan and China, but the
rainfall that is expected from this storm will cause major flooding in areas that already are flooded from torrential rains. It is noted that this area of the oceans is now the warmest of waters in the oceans today. It is expected that continuing storms, turning into typhoons will continue to plague the nations in these waters for some time.