Typhoon Bolaven Powered Across Okinawa Sunday Night Packing 115 mph Winds, Pulls Tembin Back Towards Taiwan

Written by on August 27, 2012 in Asia, Tropical with 0 Comments

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While much of the attention is on Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf of Mexico, half way around the world and the tropics are every bit as busy if not busier over the Western Pacific. Twin Typhoons Tembin which struck Taiwan a few days ago is ready to strike the island for a second time all thanks to the pull of much stronger Bolaven. Typhoon Bolaven struck the southern Japanese island of Okinawa last night packing maximum winds around 115 mph.

Thankfully Bolaven didn’t hit as hard as first feared and this meant there was less destruction thanks to strong buildings eqipt to withstand these storms but nonetheless, this system which spanned a massive 1,250 miles across packing 115 mph within the eyewall as it crossed the northern part of the island, still made it’s presence felt.

It’s been reported that the Amami Islands which lie north of Okinawa and nearer to the Japanese mainland sustained major power loss due to Bolaven.

Bolaven Spins Smaller Tembin Around, A Phenomenon Known As The Fujiwhara effect

As Typhoon Tembin took aim at Hong Kong and eastern China, Bolaven which at one point became a Super Typhoon with winds beyond 180 mph, managed to capture Tembin and pull it back east and so a second landfall on Taiwan is forecasted Tuesday morning. However it doesn’t end there, thanks to this spinning around of Tembin from Bolaven, a phenomenon know as the Fujiwhara effect in which two typhoons appear to dance around one another! Tembin will head back west towards China and make landfall while Bolaven heads north for a second landfall near to the North Korea-China border Tuesday night.

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