Typhoon Utor Reorganizes, Aims for China Next

By Tom Yulsman | August 12, 2013 11:43 am

Typhoon Utor is seen over the South China Sea in this animation of images from an MTSAT weather satellite. (Image: NOAA)

After pummeling the Philippines, Typhoon Utor is swirling over warm waters that will probably help sustain it as it tracks toward an expected landfall in southeast China.

The storm is blamed for at least two deaths on the northern Philippine island of Luzon, and 44 fishermen are reported missing. Eighty percent of the infrastructure in the town of Casiguran near where the typhoon came ashore is reported to be destroyed.

Utor weakened as it passed over mountainous terrain on Luzon. But as the animation of satellite images above suggests, the storm seems to be reorganizing after emerging over the South China Sea. It may strengthen first and then weaken again before making its second landfall, this time as a Category 2 storm south of Hong Kong:

Typhoon Utor’s forecast track across the South China Sea as it heads for a second landfall in southeastern China. (Image: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies)

This region has already been hit in recent weeks by two previous typhoons, Mangkhut and Jebi, which brought over a foot of rain from southern China to Vietnam. Typhoon Utor could add insult to injury, with the potential for severe flooding.

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About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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