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Super typhoon nears Philippines, officials warn of landslides

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A powerful storm strengthened to a “super typhoon” on Sunday hours before it was set to slap the northeastern tip of the Philippines, prompting officials to warn of landslides and call on residents along the coast to evacuate to safer ground.
Typhoon Noul is now a category five storm, packing winds of up to 185 kph (115 mph) near the center, with gusts of up to 220 kph (137 mph), as it approaches the rice-producing province of Cagayan about 400 km (250 miles) north of the capital, Manila.
It was moving faster at 20 kph as it neared the Philippines’ northeastern coast, where it was expected to make landfall later on Sunday, and was estimated at 100 km east of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province.
“We strongly advise pre-emptive evacuation while we still have time, and we expect there will be a confluence of events – a high tide, heavy rainfall in the mountains, the possibility of a storm surge and strong winds,” Alexander Pama, head of the national disaster agency, told a news briefing.
The typhoon was expected to trigger landslides, flashfloods, and storm surges of up to 2 meters in parts of the Cagayan Valley, the weather bureau said, adding that heavy to intense rainfall was likely within the typhoon’s 150 km diameter.
The weather bureau said Noul was likely to hit land somewhere around the town of Santa Ana, in Cagayan Valley province, and may damage houses and topple trees.
The disaster agency said there could be landslides in at least 21 areas of Santa Ana and nearby Gonzalo town.
But British-based Tropical Storm Risk forecast the super typhoon would just miss Philippine provinces and veer north over the East China Sea towards Japan.
More than 5,000 passengers and about 100 vessels were stranded in various ports in the country as of Saturday, mostly along its eastern seaboard. Airline Cebu Pacific canceled at least six domestic flights to the northern Philippines.
Officials in northern Philippine provinces have alerted rescue units and positioned relief goods. The government readied trucks to ferry people away from low-lying and flood-prone areas.
An average of 20 typhoons cross the Philippines each year, with the storms becoming fiercer in recent years. More than 8,000 people died or went missing and about a million were made homeless by Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon that struck the central Philippines in 2013, bringing 5-metre high storm surges.
Courtesy of reuters.com


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Magnetogram 05.12.14  22.08 hrs UTC


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Super typhoon Vongfong is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 00:00 GMT on 13th October 2014

Super typhoon Vongfong is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 00:00 GMT on 13 October. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 32.0 N, 132.0 E. Vongfong is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 92 km/h (57 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Super typhoon Vongfong is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 12:00 GMT on 13th October 2014

Super typhoon Vongfong is forecast to strike Japan as a tropical storm at about 12:00 GMT on 13 October. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 36.3 N, 136.3 E. Vongfong is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 101 km/h (63 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Super typhoon Vongfong is intensifying and heading for Japan

NASA eyes Super typhoon Vongfong
On Oct. 7 at 0429 UTC (12:29 a.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder called AIRS that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured cloud top temperature data on Super typhoon Vongfong. AIRS data very strong thunderstorms circling Vongfong’s clear 27 nautical-mile wide eye. Those cloud top temperatures were colder than -62F/-53C indicating that they were high in the troposphere and capable of generating heavy rainfall. The bands of thunderstorms circling Vongfong appeared symmetric on satellite imagery.
At 11 a.m. EDT on Oct. 7, Vongfong’s maximum sustained winds were near 135 knots (155.4 mph/250 kph) making it a strong Category 4 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Vongfong’s center was located near latitude 17.5 north and longitude 133.6 east. That’s about 649 nautical miles (747 miles/1,202 km) southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 
Vongfong is moving toward the west at 11 knots (12.6 mph/ 20.3 kph)
Vongfong is creating massive ocean swells with seas to 47 feet (14.3 meters), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
JTWC forecasters expect Vongfong to continue tracking to the west until it runs into a trough or elongated area of low pressure sometime on Oct. 9 that will turn it to the north. By Oct. 12, the JWTC expects the center of Vongfong to be near the Japanese island of Amami Oshima. Kadena Air Base and Amami Oshima should prepare for typhoon conditions.

Super Typhoon Phanfone is 300-Mile-Wide and heading for Japan

Typhoon Phanfone

Japan is set to be battered by 150mph winds amid growing fears a super typhoon could trigger deadly landslides and flash floods.

Typhoon Phanfone has been getting progressively stronger as it sweeps north across the Pacific Ocean, increasing from a category three to category four typhoon.

The 300-mile-wide storm will reach Japan on Sunday, bringing with it increasingly torrential rain.

And after dozens of deaths following three previous typhoons in Japan this year, forecasters say further devastation is possible.

Sky News Weather Producer Rebecca Yussuf said: “It was a category three this morning but has since strengthened into a category four, which is the second strongest, with a category five classed as a super typhoon.

“It’s still in an area where there are the conditions for it to strengthen further, which is why people are talking about super typhoon. There is the potential for a super typhoon.”

A huge tree and a power pole are damaged by strong wind caused by Typhoon Halong in Minobu town, Tochigi prefecture
Typhoon Halong caused major damage and killed 10 people in Japan in August

Organisers of the F1 Grand Prix in the northern city of Suzuka are also monitoring developments closely, with concerns the event could be disrupted by the weather.

Yussuf said the typhoon would make landfall in the southern Japanese islands on Sunday, but it would hit the mainland on Monday.

“The system by then is expected to be around 300 miles across and will weaken as is makes landfall,” she said.

“We’re likely to see sustained winds of around 125mph and gusts of 150mph and there’ll be huge waves and storm surges at the coast.

“There will also be very heavy rain – between three and 10 inches. Particularly given the landscape in Japan, that kind of rainfall can cause flash flooding and landslides.

“We’ve already seen three typhoons in Japan so far this year, which have led to dozens of deaths, so people will inevitably be concerned we could see similar problems.”

More than 36 people died in mudslides that hit Hiroshima in August, while at least 10 people were killed by Typhoon Halong earlier that month.



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Super-Typhoon Genevieve is intensifying

NASA sees Genevieve cross international date line as a Super-Typhoon
Tropical Storm Genevieve had ups and downs in the Eastern Pacific and Central Pacific over the last week but once the storm crossed the International Dateline in the Pacific, it rapidly intensified into a Super Typhoon. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured of the storm.

When Suomi NPP flew over Genevieve on August 7 at 01:48 UTC the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard captured an infrared image of the storm. VIIRS collects visible and infrared imagery and global observations of land, atmosphere, cryosphere and oceans. VIIRS flies aboard the Suomi NPP satellite, which is managed by both NASA and NOAA.

The VIIRS image showed a symmetrical storm with a clear eye, about 15 nautical miles (17.2 miles/27.7 km) wide, surrounded by powerful thunderstorms.

On August 7 at 1200 UTC (8 a.m. EDT) Super-Typhoon Genevieve’s maximum sustained winds were near 140 knots (161.1 mph/259.3 kph). Genevieve is a Category 5 typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Genevieve was located near latitude 15.6 north and longitude 178.1 west, approximately 692 nautical miles (796 miles/1,282 km) west of Johnston Island.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) noted “Genevieve has rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours.” The storm’s maximum sustained winds have increased by 75 knots (126.6 mph/ 138.9 kph), pushing the storm from 65 knots (74.3 mph/120.4 kph) to 140 knots (161.1 mph/259.3 kph).

When NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite passed over Genevieve, data showed that there was a band of thunderstorms over the southern quadrant of the storm some 60 nautical miles (69 miles/111 km) thick.

The JTWC forecast calls for Genevieve to intensify with a peak of 145 knots (166.9 mph/268.5 kph) later on August 7. The forecast calls for Genevieve to maintain super typhoon strength over the next day and a half as it turns from a west-northwesterly track to a more northerly track over open ocean.


China super typhoon toll reaches 17, storm expected to worsen

Typhoon Rammasun has been downgraded from a red alert but at the same time more rain is expected in the coming days.. — Reuters pic
The death toll from the strongest storm to hit China in decades has reached 17, state media said today, as forecasters issued warnings of more extreme weather.Typhoon Rammasun has left eight people dead in the island province of Hainan and another nine in Guangxi, official news agency Xinhua reported.

At least two people are missing, Xinhua added citing local authorities, as the strongest typhoon to hit south China since 1973 headed north.

State media said last evening that eight people had been killed in the storm.

Television pictures today showed waterlogged roads and heavy rain in the southwestern province of Yunnan. Online pictures showed uprooted trees, destroyed crops and deserted, rain-soaked streets across much of southern China.

The typhoon first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds exceeding 200 kilometres an hour.

Weather authorities in China issued a “red” alert warning for Rammasun yesterday—the most severe of China’s four colour-code warnings.

But the storm has since been downgraded “as it is abating and affecting fewer Chinese localities”, Xinhua added.

All the airports on Hainan had re-opened on Sunday, as ferry, rail and bus services resumed, it said.

Meanwhile, China’s National Meteorological Centre was warning that downpours triggered by the typhoon were expected in northern parts of China in the coming days.

Rammasun—meaning “Thunder God” in Thai—has caused at least 94 deaths in the Philippines, where it hit before lashing China.