Super typhoon ‘Nepartak’ to strike Taiwan

Published on : Thursday, July 7, 2016

Typhoon NepartakSuper typhoon ‘Nepartak’ is likely to strike Taiwan on Friday morning with current wind speed of 280 kmph and gusts reaching over 330 kmph.


The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre has predicted that the cyclone would lash the mountainous region of Hualien. As per satellite readings, the storm would reach a wind speed of 222 kmph once it strikes the land.


The term Nepartak originates from the name of a Micronesian warrior, and would shower rainfall at the rate of nearly 19 cm per hour, according to reports from Nasa. As the rains cross the island of Taiwan, it has been predicted that it would drop about a metre of rain in the region of central Taiwan.


The magnitude of typhoon Nepartak is as large as typhoon Soudelor that hit China and Taiwan in the year 2015, killing a minimum of 36 people and leading to extensive damage worth billions of US dollars.


Hot towers of clouds would be responsible for the torrential rainfall, that would reach till the heights of 17 km above the ocean, as per the reports released by Nasa. Hot tower is actually a tall column of tropical cloud that has developed a strong cyclonic velocity inside its core areas and reaches till atmosphere’s lowest levels.


The rainfall releases energy at the central portion of a tropical cyclone and this energy enables the cyclonic storms to thrive.


Nepartak is the storm that has been named for the first time in the region of north-western Pacific, the second major storm in the records that have been found since 1950, as revealed by a metereologist , Colorado State University, US, named Philip Klotzbach. The North Pacific is an active zone for hurricanes and typhoons.


The Taiwan government has mobilized a large number of troops and increased the emergency services, as told by a spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence.


Countries like Hualien and Yilan were likely to be flooded due to the heavy rains, said Li-Wei Sen, Central Emergency Operations Center.


Food prices in Taiwan have risen drastically a few days in advance of the typhoon. The typhoon would also lead to power-cuts in over 3.1 million households, as estimated by Taiwan Power Company.

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