Asia Pacific

Tropical Storms developing and aiming at China

The image is from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.A storm is looking to form in the West Pacific by Monday, EDT, that could affect Taiwan or coastal China by the end of the week.

A mass of clouds near Guam that is pushing westward has developed into Tropical Depression Seven. This system will continue to develop a broader area of clouds over the next few days. As it does develop more and more, this is likely to develop into the next tropical storm in the Western Pacific.

Should this develop into a tropical storm, the name will be Soulik.

This system is over some very favorable water with temperatures above 80 degrees. Winds across the area are weak, allowing for the storm to develop a stronger circulation. And finally, the storms are wrapping around the system and looking to allow the storm to strengthen.

Though the exact track is hard to determine until the storm develops more, we are looking at this storm to continue to push off to the west and eventually move close to mainland Asia.

This storm could eventually affect Taiwan and even mainland China by the end of the week and into the weekend.

Though this storm is not likely to develop into a major storm, any affects to China or Taiwan are likely to bring heavy rainfall, stronger wind gusts and even some higher surf at the coastline.

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