Super Typhoon Meranti Makes Landfall on Mainland China

Super Typhoon Meranti is moving over Southeast China, over Xiamen, as of Wednesday evening.

The storm first skirted just south of Taiwan last night, after undergoing rapid intensification. Meranti's maximum sustained winds strengthened from 85 mph to 180 mph in just 24 hours.

The storm carried an impressive maximum wind speed of 133 mph to Taiwan, making it the strongest to hit the island in 21 years according to the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau. The biggest threat though is the excessive rainfall, up to 20-30 inches in some areas of Taiwan. This of course causes flooding, mudslides, and water quality concerns.

Meranti has now brought these same threats to China. The storm is still packing winds of 145 mph and torrential rain is expected from Xiamen up to Shanghai.

Meranti will likely weaken quickly though, as it moves over China's rugged terrain.