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27 August 2011

Typhoon Nanmadol pounds the Philippines, heading for Taiwan

Typhoon Nanmadol has lost some strength over the last 24 hours, but it is still one of the strong storms so far in 2011. Currently it is battering northeastern Luzon in the Philippines with winds over 125 mph (200 km/h). As it pulls away from the Philippines it will regain a bit of intensity, before a possible landfall on Taiwan. If Nanmadol misses Taiwan, which is possible, landfall is almost certain to occur somewhere along the southeast China coast. At the moment Shanghai is not a likely target of the typhoon. Right now flooding, rough surf and high winds are battering the Philippines and that will continue for the next 12 to 18 hours before wind and rain start to rise in intensity across Taiwan.

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