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Tropical Storm Haikui Over China
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Tropical Storm Haikui Over China

August 13, 2012
Typhoon Haikui weakened to a tropical storm on August 7, shortly before landfall in China. Eight hours after landfall, NASA's Aqua satellite showed a strong and organized tropical storm moving inland. Although the storm weakened before striking the coast on August 8, and quickly weakened further to a tropical depression on August 9, the storm brought widespread damage to China’s east coast. It was the third storm to make landfall in that region in a week. China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said that Tropical Storm Haikui, made landfall in Zhejiang province on August 8 at 3:20 a.m. local time (19:20 UTC), about 140 miles (225 km) south of Shanghai. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center's last official warning on Haikui was issued on August 8 at 0300 UTC (11 a.m. local time/Shanghai). At that time Haikui's maximum sustained winds were near 60 knots (69 mph/111.1 kmh) and it was located about 95 miles south of Shanghai, near 29.7 North latitude and 121.3 East longitude. It was moving to the northwest at 9 knots (10.3 mph/16.6 kmh). By 5 p.m. EDT Shanghai local time on August 8 Haikui was located near the city of Huzhou. The storm brought torrential rains to the region, with totals as high as 17 inches (434 millimeters) in the southeast coastal province of Zhejiang. China’s news agency Xinhua reported broken bridges, downed power lines, hundreds of stranded tourists, and about 1.5 million people evacuated. This true-color image of Tropical Storm Haikui was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on August 8, 2012 at 0520 UTC (1:20 p.m. Shanghai local time) after it made landfall south of Shanghai, China. Although the eye is cloud-filled, the tropical storm is still well organized, with high storm clouds. The clouds near the center are rise so high they cast shadows on the surrounding, lower storm clouds.