Just last week, East Asia was devastated by deadly Typhoon Mangkhut, which moved through the Philippines and other parts of Asia, destroying houses, causing mudslides, and tragically claiming many lives.
Now another massive storm is headed for the area. Super Typhoon Trami is on course to hit Taiwan, Japan, and possibly other countries later this week and a number of Canadians are right in its path.
Super Typhoon Trami has been spinning in the Pacific Ocean this week. The storm intensified by a lot this morning with winds now over 240 km/hour. Already at a Category 4 storm, Trami is expected to reach Category 5 before making landfall in Taiwan and Japan.
While the exact path of the typhoon is still unknown, it is expected to hit Taiwan where, according to the government, over 60,000 Canadians are currently living, dangerously placing them directly in Trami's storm path.
Nowhere on Earth tops the Philippine Sea for rapid intensification. These two images from the Himawari-8 satellite were taken 24 hours apart at 1210Z when #Trami was a 65 mph #tropical storm Saturday AM, and now a Cat. 4 #typhoon Sunday AM. (Images: CIRA/RAMMB via JMA) pic.twitter.com/vYJ7xqHjTb— Jonathan Erdman (@wxjerdman) 23 September 2018
Trami will be the third major typhoon to hit the area this month. Early in September, Typhoon Jebli hit Japan with strong winds, leading to cancelled flights being rerouted back to Vancouver and flooding in the country.
Then more recently, Typhoon Mangkhut ravaged the Philippines but also moved through Hong Kong, blowing out windows in high-rise buildings and causing destruction in the city. Meteorologists are predicting Super Typhoon Trami will add to the damage in the area.
The Canadian government is not warning Canadians to avoid travelling to the area, but have issued advisories for some Asian countries, warning Canadians to exercise extra caution during typhoon season.