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Typhoon Trami Makes Landfall But Seems Pretty Tame

Typhoon Trami hit mainland China this morning, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much.

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In late summer and early autumn, when the winds pick up in Xiamen, when the sky becomes covered in clouds, when the rains begin to fall heavy you know what’s coming: a typhoon.

I laid in my bed with the windows wide open last night, letting the winds tear through my apartment. Typhoon Trami made landfall at 2:40 AM in Fujian province, just to the north of Xiamen, bringing 125 km/h winds. But by the time I awoke there was nothing but a breeze and some cloud cover.

The boats are all tied up in the harbors and the coastal areas have been cleared. The weather maps show a big white spiral completely covering the sky, but this doom and gloom is hardly evident on the ground in Xiamen.

China is experiencing big doses of extreme and contradictory weather right now. There is massive flooding in Qinghai and Heilongjiang in the north as well as in Guangdong in the far south, while a severe drought continues in Jiangxi in the middle. Meanwhile, typhoons are hitting the east coast.

Typhoon Trami

Typhoon Trami


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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3720 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • WanderfulTogether August 21, 2013, 11:23 pm

    The typhoon left the Philippines devastated. Be safe!

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    • VagabondJourney August 22, 2013, 12:40 am

      How are you doing there?

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      • WanderfulTogether August 22, 2013, 2:55 am

        Doing ok. 🙂 thanks! No flood in our area but work was suspended for 2 days.