Japan, China, Taiwan Tropical Cyclone LEKIMA update (GDACS, JTWC, CMA, JMA, CWB)

Tropical Cyclone LEKIMA is strengthening as it approaches Yaeyama Islands (Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan).

On 8 August at 0.00 UTC, its centre was approximately 270 km southeast of Iriomote Island (Yaeyama Islands), with maximum sustained winds of 213 km/h (Category 4). It is forecast to pass over Yaeyama Islands on the afternoon of 8 August, with maximum winds of 213222 km/h before moving northwest towards coastal eastern China.

Red warnings for high waves, strong winds and storm surge have been issued for Yaeyama Islands, while warning for a typhoon and heavy rain is in effect for central and northern Taiwan. China's Meteorological Administration (CMA) has launched a typhoon threelevel emergency response, as LEKIMA is expected to be the strongest to affect China this year.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast over Yaeyama Islands, Taiwan Island, Shanghai City, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong Provinces and Liaodong Peninsula (China).

Source: European Commission's DirectorateGeneral for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations