Published September 19, 2013
The final landfall of Super Typhoon Usagi later this weekend remains centered on Hong Kong.
Usagi strengthened into a super typhoon Thursday night local time (Thursday morning EDT) as it barreled toward southern Taiwan.
Destructive winds, flooding rain and coastal flooding will threaten lives and property across the island, especially southern areas, Friday night through Saturday local time.
Despite the mountainous terrain of Taiwan forcing Usagi to weaken some, the typhoon's strength will be equal to that of a Category 2 or 3 hurricane in the Atlantic as it approaches Southeast China later this weekend.
Usagi will weaken a bit further as it moves inland Sunday afternoon or Sunday night. However, residents should not let their guard down since widespread flooding rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding will accompany Usagi onshore.
The worst coastal flooding will occur as Usagi passes by to the west of a given point. In addition to flooding, the torrential rain threatens to trigger landslides in the higher terrain.
Current indications place Usagi's final landfall near Hong Kong, but a shift in its expected track could put that landfall as far north as Shantou or as far south as Zhanjiang.
All residents of Southeast China should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as more precise details of Usagi's impacts to the region unfold.
Usagi's damaging wind threat will lessen once the typhoon moves onshore and begins to weaken. Flooding rain, however, should continue to accompany Usagi as it tracks westward across South China and into northern Vietnam and Laos early next week.