• Typhoon MATMO made landfall in the afternoon of 22 July (UTC) in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County. A few hours before landfall, at 12.00 UTC, it had max. sustained winds of 158 km/h. After landfall it crossed Taiwan, weakening, and moved into the Taiwan Strait, towards eastern mainland China.
• In the morning of 23 July (UTC) it made landfall in the coastal area of Fuqing, near Putian, in Fujian Province (China) as a “Severe Tropical Storm” (China Meteorological Administration - CMA); then it moved inland weakening.
• Strong winds and heavy rains affected the landfall area. JRC calculations indicated a storm surge of the order of 1 m in the coastal area near Fuzhou on 23 July morning (UTC).
• In the next 24 h MATMO is forecast to continue moving roughly north, passing over Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, weakaning. On 23-24 July heavy rains and winds may affect several a...
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