In an El Nino year the Pacific is having a busy cyclone season and, as they track West, China and Japan are going to be targets. Cyclone Soudler is an exceptionally powerful category 5 storm currently in mid Pacific, and is heading for China. Weather Underground.
These huge storms are an early test for sea level rise as much of the massive industrial complex around the Shanghai region is only one metre above sea level. If there was a direct hit by a super cyclone the storm surge would flood much of the region and cause massive economic damage that would effect the whole world.
This map is from a sea level web site set at one metre and shows the small pockets of land which is below that level. This region has a population of over 24 million and the low land, which includes huge ports, industry and productive farmland extends right up the coast.
7/8/2015 08:30:49 am
Typhoon Soudelor is on target to hit Taiwan before moving onto the mainland , certainly will test their defenses.
7/8/2015 02:41:47 pm
This is the second huge storm to hit the West Pacific and the Shanghai region is a disaster waiting to happen.It they get a hit it will have world wide repercussions.
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