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Sarika Weakens to a Tropical Storm, Poses Flood Threat to China and Vietnam
Published: October 18, 2016
Tropical Storm Sarika continues to weaken as it comes ashore near the border between northern Vietnam and southern China. On Tuesday, Sarika made landfall as a typhoon on China's Hainan Island. Over the weekend, Sarika pounded the northern Philippines where it made landfall early Sunday morning as a Category 4.
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Current Storm Information, Infrared Satellite Image
Sarika is forecast to continue moving inland over northern Vietnam and southern China as a tropical storm through Wednesday, local time.
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Forecast Path: Sarika/Karen
More than 10 inches of rain fell in the Hainan Island city of Qionghai in the 24 hours ending early Tuesday afternoon, local time.
Forecast Rainfall: Sarika/Karen
Philippines: Category 4 Landfall
Sarika — given the name "Karen" by the Phillipine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) — moved ashore about 85 miles northeast of Manila near the town of Baler as the equivalent of a Category 4 storm with 130 mph maximum winds on Sunday.
The town of Virac, capital of the Philippine province of Catanduanes, picked up almost 22 inches of rain Friday through Saturday. Nearby, the town of Daet also picked up just over 21 inches of total rain over that same time period.
Interestingly, prior to Sarika/Karen, the typically typhoon-hit northern Philippines had seen only one typhoon so far in 2016, Typhoon Nida.
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