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Utor 2013

Typhoon Utor (also named Typhoon Labuyo by the Philippines) occurred in the South China Sea in August 2013. It caused severe damage in the Philippines, and was forecast to cause a storm surge of over 2m in china.

Meteorological history

At the time, Typhoon Utor was the strongest tropical storm worldwide so far in 2013. It formed on 8th August, was named on August 9th, and was classified as a typhoon on August 10th. 

Utor made landfall in Central Luzon in the Philippines on August 12th (3pm local time). Utor continued on to hit the chinese coast at 3pm local time on wednesday 14th August, approximately 150miles SW of Hong Kong. At the time it was classified as a category 1 storm with 90mph winds. It then dissipated over the following 24 hours.

More information can be found on wikipedia.

Storm Surge and aftermath

The storm caused a significant surge in Luzon island, Philippines (see this news article).

Prior to the event, a 2.4m storm surge was forecast for the chinese coast by the JRC storm surge model. At time of writing no confirmation of this was available.

Satellite and in-situ data

Satellite data are available in the eSurge database for this event.

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