Super Typhoon Soudelor will hit northern Taiwan and the Chinese province of Fujian, Friday the 7th or Saturday the 8th of August. A tropical storm reaches typhoon status with sustained winds above 73 miles per hour. In the Northern Hemisphere the air circulates counterclockwise; in the Southern Hemisphere clockwise. These storms are known as hurricanes in the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern North Pacific Ocean. They are called cyclones in the Indian Ocean and typhoons elsewhere in the world.
Although Taiwan is slightly smaller than Maryland and Delaware combined, it has an approximate population of more than 23 million people. Its climate is tropical and marine, with a rainy season during the southwest monsoon (June-August) season and persistent cloudiness all year. The terrain of the island consists of mostly rugged mountains, with gently rolling plains in the west. The natural hazards facing Taiwan are usually earthquakes and typhoons.
Between the 1980s and early 2000s, Taiwan has prospered and became known as one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The natural resources of the island include: coal, natural gas, limestone, and marble. Taiwan has a dynamic economy with gradually decreasing government guidance of investment and foreign trade. Exports, led by electronics, machinery, and petrochemicals have provided the primary impetus for economic development.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration; National Weather Service; CIA World Factbook, 8/2015; 8/2015; 7/2015