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What You Need to Know About Super Typhoon Nepartak

Posted by Elementum News Desk | July 6, 2016

UPDATED JULY 12TH 10:33 PDT

Super Typhoon Nepartak has wreaked havoc on Taiwan and eastern China's Fujian province. 

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Nepartak's path as of 6/7/16, 6:09AM EST.

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The severe weather system may lead to life-threatening flash floods and landslides, prompting Taiwanese officials to issue emergency warnings, to mobilize troops, and to prepare rescue operations.

Here's what you need to know: 

  • After hitting Taiwan, China’s south-eastern coast was hit over the weekend.
  • Power was cut for hundreds of thousands in the south-eastern province of Fujian.
  • Five airports were closed and hundreds of high-speed train journeys were cancelled as of Monday.
  • Reports of widespread flooding in Fujian show cars swept away and buildings destroyed by sweeping waters.
  • Over 400 flights and 300 trains have been cancelled. 
  • At least six people have died; eight are missing. 
  • The Typhoon has now forced more than 400K people to flee as the storm strikes eastern China.
  • Ferry services and flights between Fujian and Taiwan were halted Friday, including trains running between cities in Fujian and the neighboring provinces of Jiangxi and Zhejiang.
  • Typhoon Nepartak has headed back out to sea after landfalling; heavy rain is a continued threat in Taiwan and Eastern China.
  • The Typhoon is headed for its final landfall in Southeast China.
  • Over 1,000 sites have been impacted as of this reporting.
  • The Weather Channel has reported that, as of 7/7/16 14:15 PST, Nepartak is a Category 4 hurricane.
  • Automakers based in Wuhan, including Honda, Nissan and state-owned Dongfeng reported no disruptions.
  • Peugeot said it launched emergency protocol, but factory operations were uninterrupted.
  • The east coast of Taiwan has reported 3-6 inches of rain.
  • Flights from Songshan Airport, Kaohsiung Airport, and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport have been cancelled. 
  • Taiwan and Japan’s southern Ryukyu Island will face heavy rains and high winds throughout the next week. 
  • The typhoon is forecast to make landfall between Hualien and Taitung. It would then move across central Taiwan and the west coast before leaving via the Taiwan Strait.
  • Shipping services to Orchid Island, Matsu, Penghu, Okinawa and Pingtan in China’s Fujian Province have also been canceled today.
  • Authorities have suspended bullet train services in the country on Thursday, July 7.  
  • Ferry services from Fujian, China to Taiwan have also been halted.
  • The Category 5 storm is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it hits China on Saturday, July 9.

Supply Chain Strategy

Call your suppliers in Taiwan early to see if they foresee any delays. Transportation will likely see the most disruptions—if you have products or parts coming out of Taiwan, make sure you know how long your supply chain can survive before you see serious disruptions. The most important thing at this stage? Staying in contact with suppliers, 3PLs, and members of your product supply organization. 

Past Typhoons

Last year, two large storms hit Taiwan. Take a look at our infographic, which compares the effects of 2015's biggest typhoons:

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