Archive | January 16, 2015
Pope Francis’ outdoor Mass scheduled for Saturday in the Philippines is expected to face a typhoon approaching with 75 mph winds and heavy rain.
The Pontiff is to fly Saturday morning to the Mass site in Tacloban, which is still recovering from the 2013 disaster of Super Typhoon Haiyan, described as perhaps the strongest storm ever recorded with 195 mph sustained winds that killed 6,300 people nationwide.
In the predawn hours of Saturday, another typhoon was headed for the same general area in the Philippines, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.
Typhoon Mekkhala was upgraded from a tropical storm and should make landfall in the Philippines two hours after the start of the Pope’s outdoor Mass, CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said.
Francis is scheduled to land in Tacloban at 9:30 a.m. Saturday local time (8:30 p.m. Friday ET) and will then hold an outdoor Mass 30 minutes later near the airport for hundreds of thousands of people.
Courtesy of KSPR