By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
August 22,2017, 1:03:16PM,EDT
On the heels of Typhoon Hato, residents from the Philippines to southeastern China and Taiwan are being put on alert for a new tropical threat.While there are no organized tropical storms or typhoons roaming the western Pacific Ocean in the wake of Hato, an area of disturbed weather will attempt to change that in the coming days.
"This area could become better organized later this week or this weekend near the northern Philippines," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said.
Development is possible over either the warm waters of the Philippine Sea or the northern South China Sea.
Where any future organized storm will track is far from etched in stone, but residents and shipping interests from Luzon Island in the Philippines to northern Vietnam, southeastern China and Taiwan should remain alert for possible impacts.
Wind, rain and seas will increase around the center of any budding tropical storm or typhoon.
"Locally heavy rainfall is expected over portions of the northern Philippines over the next couple of days regardless of development," Zartman said.
If tropical development occurs in the Philippine Sea, Luzon may also face damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.
China weather center
Typhoon Hato to blast into China, near Hong Kong, on Wednesday
AccuWeather typhoon center
Development in the South China Sea would limit the risk for damaging winds to southeastern China and/or northern Vietnam.
Currently, the main concern for Taiwan is for flooding downpours to stream in as any storm bypasses to the south, similar to what happened with Hato. If the storm forms farther north than latest indications, the island may face a direct hit.
"The greatest concern at this point would be that a tropical system tracks toward the same area of southeastern China that will be dealing with Typhoon Hato into Thursday," Zartman said.
The area will be more susceptible to flooding, mudslides and damage on the heels of Hato’s torrential rain and strong winds.