TS Chanthu continues to move over the East China Sea
Update 17th of September 2021, 1.00 p.m. UTC
Tropical Storm Chanthu (Kiko) is currently moving over the East China Sea to the north-northeast at 16 knots (30 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are near 50 knots (92 km/h).
Chanthu will continue pushing eastward and spread heavy rain that can result in flooding in parts of South Korea and Japan.
It is forecasted that Chanthu will move into the North Pacific ocean beginning next weaken and will be likely to dissipate.
Update 15th of September 2021, 1.00 p.m. UTC
Located in the East China Sea, Tropical Storm Chanthu (Kiko) is slowly moving towards the southeast at 4 knots (7.5 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are near 45 knots (83 km/h).
On the forecast track, Chanthu is expected to lose wind intensity as it continues moving northward near or just east of Shanghai. The storm will move towards parts of South Korea and Japan once it moves away from China.
Mainland China will be affected by heavy rainfall, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces by heavy rainfall and flooding into Thursday.
Update 14th of September 2021, 11.00 a.m. UTC
Chanthu has downgraded to a tropical storm. Currently moving towards the southeast at 7 knots (13 km/h). Maximum sustained winds are near 45 knots (83 km/h).
TS Chanthu will is expected not to land on China's eastern coast but head to the northeast towards Japan.
Update 13th of September 2021, 10.30 a.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu is located in the East China Sea, northeast of Taiwan. The system continues to rapidly weaken as it is tracking towards the north-northeast near 16 knots (30 km/h) with an intensity of 75 knots (138 km/h).
Chanthu will continue to weaken as it tracks northward and reaches the vicinity of Shanghai on Monday, local time, and will stall near or just east of Shanghai into Wednesday.
Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces will be affected by heavy rain and flooding.
Update 12th of September 2021, 10.00 a.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu (Kiko) is tracking down to the northeast of Taiwan at 12 knots (23 km/h) with an intensity of 90 knots (167 km/h).
The system is expected to restrengthen to a Category 4 hurricane as it tracks along the eastern coast of Taiwan before losing some intensity during the second half of the weekend.
Update: 11th of September, 9:00 p.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu (Kiko) is currently passing east of Taiwan still as a very strong storm Category 4 with maximum winds of 203 km/h.
The storm will produce dangerous swells, storm surge and coastal flooding in the Eastern Coasts of Taiwan, however the core of the system should likely stay offshore avoiding a direct hit.
Update: 11th of September, 8:30 a.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu (known also as Kiko) made landfall over the Batanes islands about 8:30 a.m local time and brought destructive winds and heavy rain to the archipelago, which was under Signal 3 warning at landfall.
Chanthu is likely to slightly weaken as it moves north towards Taiwan later today. Storm is packing winds of 204 kmh/h with higher gusts, making it still a very dangerous system.
Taiwan expects to see torrential rain across as the storm approaches the southern coast. Heavy rainfall can cause flash flooding and mudslides in Taiwan's high terrain.
Update: 10th of September, 9:30:00 a.m. UTC
Chanthu is approximately 360 miles southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip on Friday morning and packing wind gusts of 234 km/h.
Typhoon of Category 4 is expected to hit the northeastern of Philippines on late Friday. Main threat are destructive winds that will occur in Santa Ana town and the eastern part of the remote Babuyan Islands. Waves may reach up to 2.5 to 10m.
Landfall in Taiwan
According to forecast, Chanthu is projected to continue northeast and affect Taiwan over the weekend. The eyewall of the super typhoon may come very close to the eastern coast of Taiwan, if not make landfall on Sunday.
Typhoon can make landfall either on Hualien, Yilan or New Taipei, but the exact location is yet uncertain. It is likely that typhoon holiday will be declared in the affected areas.
Update: 9th of September, 2:00 p.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu (Kiko) is located in the western Pacific about 478 miles east of Manila with sustainable winds of 259 km/h, maintaining Category 4 strength.
Chanthu will bring heavy to intense winds and torrential rains with a risk of flooding and landslides in areas north of Metro Manila. Beginning tomorrow evening, heavy rainfall may be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and northern Isabela.
Winds reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength may be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal effect.
General movement is forecast to be west northwestward or northwestward today through Saturday.
Typhoon is still expected to strike Taiwan with serious impacts from damaging winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding. Interaction with land would weaken the storm before emerging in the East China Sea.
Update: 8th of September, 10:00 a.m. UTC
Typhoon Chanthu (locally called Kiko) has rapidly intensified from tropical depression to Category 4 typhoon within 24 hours with maximum wind speeds of 233 km/h.
At the moment it is unclear whether Chanthu hits Taiwan before making landfall on the southern coast of China.
Chanthu is about 1,120 km east of Central Luzon and based on the storm's speed and path, it will come the closest to Taiwan on Saturday and Sunday.
The Central Weather Bureau will likely issue sea warning sometimes between Thursday and Friday.