Typhoon Soudelor: Massive Storm Makes Landfall in Taiwan

Soudelor made landfall in central Taiwan tonight.

ByJON WILLIAMS, MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO
August 7, 2015, 6:20 PM

— -- What's next for Typhoon Soudelor?

The powerful storm, which first hit the U.S. island of Saipan earlier this week, will continue on its path through the Pacific this weekend.

Here's what you need to know:

Where's the storm now?

Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan, according to a 5:30 pm ET bulletin from Taiwan Central Weather Bureau.

PHOTO: A map showing the rain forecast for Typhoon Soudelor.
A map showing the rain forecast for Typhoon Soudelor.
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Soudelor is moving in a west/northwest direction at around 11 or 12 mph.

It may weaken to a tropical storm before it hits China later this weekend.

What's the potential damage?

PHOTO: Typhoon Soudelor  is seen heading towards Taiwan in this Aug. 7, 2015 weather map.
Typhoon Soudelor is seen heading towards Taiwan in this Aug. 7, 2015 weather map.
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The Taiwanese capital of Taipei could be vulnerable to the storm's strong winds.

Taipei has a population of 2.6 million and features a cityscape of tall buildings and skyscrapers.

But the real threat comes from the rain. When Soudelor slams into the mountain range that spans most of Taiwan, massive amounts of rain could cause substantial flooding and mudslides.

Rain totals could reach 8 to 10 inches in much of Taiwan and part of eastern China. Some mountain regions in Taiwan could see 10 to 20 inches of rain.

Soudelor is expected to be stronger than Taiwan's deadliest storm, Typhoon Morakot, in 2009. The rain and mudslides from Morakot led to over 450 deaths.

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