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Typhoon Nida to target China after dumping a foot of rain in Philippines

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After unloading flooding rain across the Philippines into Monday, Typhoon Nida will take aim at China early this week.

Tropical Depression 6W formed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean on Friday evening, local time, before strengthening to Tropical Storm Nida on Saturday afternoon. Nida eventually reached typhoon strength on Sunday afternoon.

Nida is known as Carina in the Philippines.

Initially, the western fringe of the system's downpours grazed the Samar and Catanduanes islands of the central Philippines. From Friday into Saturday, Catarman reported 312 mm (12.3 inches) of rain.

Into Monday, northern Luzon will be most at risk for flooding rain and minor wind damage as Nida moves onshore or skirts across the northern part of the island, AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.

Life-threatening mudslides are possible, especially across the mountainous terrain.

While the storm is forecast to stay well south of Taiwan, an area of heavy rain is expected to brush southern portions of the country, generally across Taitung and Pingtung counties. Sunday night and Monday will bring the heaviest rain to these areas with isolated flash flooding possible in the mountainous terrain.

After departing Luzon, the storm will then set its sights on China.

Residents of China should prepare for impacts from the storm during the early and middle part of the week.

Nida is expected to gain additional strength as it churns across the South China Sea early this week. The storm could become as strong as a Category 2 hurricane before it makes landfall.

At this time, the storm is expected to make landfall in southern China on Monday night into Tuesday, Douty explained.

Rain and winds will increase before the storm moves onshore.

"Southern Guangdong and much of Guangxi will have the highest impacts from this storm," he added.

Heavy rainfall will inundate the southern coast of China, which could lead to widespread flooding and life-threatening mudslides.

Seas will build out ahead of the storm, creating hazards for shipping interests across the South China Sea. Swimmers should be aware of the threat for rough surf and increased rip currents along the southern coast beaches.

Communities along the coast should prepare for damaging wind gusts to typhoon force. Hong Kong and Macau are included within this threat zone.

"Once inland, Nida should rapidly weaken, which will reduce the wind threat," Douty stated. "[However], the heavy rain threat could extend into Guizhou and eastern Yunnan later in the week."

While there are no immediate tropical threats behind Nida, AccuWeather meteorologists are monitoring an area near the Mariana Islands for potential tropical development early in August.

Content contributed by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski