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Typhoon Hato still strong, new tropical threat already forms

Staff Writer |
On the heels of Typhoon Hato, residents from the Philippines to southeastern China and Taiwan are being put on alert for a new tropical threat.

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On Wednesday evening, local time, a tropical low began to develop east of the Philippines.

"This area could become better organized late this week or this weekend near the northern Philippines," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said.

With warm waters in both the Philippine Sea and the northern South China Sea, the development of a defined tropical system in either area is possible as this low moves west.

Where any future organized storm will track is far from etched in stone, but residents and shipping interests from Luzon Island in the Philippines to northern Vietnam, southeastern China and Taiwan should remain alert for possible impacts.

Wind, rain and seas will increase around the center of any budding tropical storm or typhoon.

"Locally heavy rainfall is expected over portions of the northern Philippines over the next couple of days regardless of development," Zartman said.

If tropical development occurs in the Philippine Sea, Luzon may also face damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.

The Chinese resort city of Macau reported three deaths and numerous power outages after Typhoon Hato struck the island with gale-force winds.

The city of 270,000, across the mouth of the Pearl River from Hong Kong, announced a Number 8 typhoon signal on Tuesday, indicating sustained wind speeds of up to 118 mph and gusts of up to 138 mph on the Hong Kong tropical cyclone warning signals chart.

Power was out for hours in the city's casinos and government buildings. Schools and businesses were also closed for the day. Ferry services in the Pearl River delta were canceled, as were dozens of flights from Macau's airport.

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