Pacific Tropical Storms

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  • Pacific Tropical Storms
    27.06.2011 06:51

    Last week was an active one across the Pacific Ocean, with tropical storms causing disruption on both sides of the basin.

    On the eastern side of the Pacific, Mexico was recovering from its encounter with Hurricane Beatriz, which grazed the south-west of the country last Monday and Tuesday. The Category 1 system battered the region with 80mph winds and heavy rain. Beatriz wrought havoc in the popular tourist resort of Acapulco, damaging trees and buildings and killing three people.

    Tropical storm Haima also struck Vietnam’s northern Thai Binh province on Friday, killing at least 7 people and damaging over 850 houses. Torrential rains lashed much of the country’s north, with just over 200mm falling in Thanh Hoa City in the 18 hours from midnight Friday. The rains also led to landslides and damaged rice crops, while Hanoi suffered traffic chaos as the city’s streets became submerged.

    Haima, the fourth tropical storm of the 2011 Pacific typhoon season, had tracked across the Gulf of Tonkin from China’s Guangdong province, where it made landfall a day earlier. The waters inundated 600 hectares of farmland and destroyed a reported 139 homes, with total economic losses across the region estimated at $1.45 million dollars. All flights in and out of Meilan International Airport on Hainan Island were grounded on Thursday, while passenger ships were forced to cease operations in the south Qiongzhou Strait.

    Meanwhile, severe tropical storm Meari tracked northwards across the Philippine Sea. Despite not making landfall, Meari’s outer rainbands enhanced seasonal monsoon rains over the Philippines, with a staggering 439mm of rain falling on the capital Manila over a 48 hour period. The resulting floods left at least 15 people missing in northern parts of the country, including 9 fishermen, and forced 90,000 to flee their homes.

    Meari continued to move north across the East China Sea through the weekend, giving torrential rains across northern China before killing 9 in South Korea. The storm is forecast to dissipate over the Korean Peninsula early this week.

    By: Billy Payne