Manila Braces For Storm Surge As Typhoon Rammasun Crosses The Philippines
The first major typhoon of the season hit the Philippines Tuesday evening, cutting a swath across Luzon and heading toward Manila. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall near Legazpi City on the country’s east coast.
The typhoon, known locally as “Glenda,” is the equivalent of a…

The first major typhoon of the season hit the Philippines Tuesday evening, cutting a swath across Luzon and heading toward Manila. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall near Legazpi City on the country’s east coast.

The typhoon, known locally as “Glenda,” is the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, and has seen hundreds of thousands evacuated from their homes in towns and cities across the country.

As the storm passed Legazpi, James Reynolds, a freelance videographer who spent the night in the city, ventured out and saw what he described as a “community effort” to clear the fallen trees and power lines, and repair some of the property damage.

“The buildings made of solid concrete are OK, but a lot of buildings, windows have been blown out, doors blown out and some of the lighter structures that people live in haven’t fared so well but generally its not as bad as it could have been” he told CNN.

The storm explosively intensified just before landfall into a much stronger system. It was expected to be of Category 2 strength but upon hitting land turned into a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds of 205 km/h (127 mph).

“People in this region have really been on edge since the events of Haiyan,” Reynolds told CNN. “The problem with this storm is that it seems to have caught a lot of people off guard.”

The storm cut across the main island of the Philippines, hitting numerous population centers across southern and central Luzon.

The Philippines is hit by an average of eight or nine storms a year. Last year’s Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 1,800 people and caused widespread destruction.

Eye of storm moving closer to Manila

Maria Ressa, editor in chief of the online news agency Rappler in Manila, said Wednesday morning that conditions were extreme, with howling winds and strong rain. Several roofs had been ripped off by the powerful winds.

At about midnight Tuesday, the government announced one casualty — a person killed by an electrical post that was uprooted.

By 7 a.m., the typhoon appeared to have changed course slightly, heading in a more westerly direction. It has been expected to hit Manila head-on, but it now seems to be veering away.
The closest the eye got to Manila was about 25 km south of the city around 7. a.m. Wednesday (7 p.m ET).

Heavy rain continues in the capital, which is expected to taper off in the late afternoon.

The real danger, however, could be the 2- to 3-meter storm surge that’s expected to follow as winds become more onshore. Coastal areas are highly vulnerable to storm surges, and could easily flood.

Marco Savio of Plan International spoke to CNN from Makati, Manila’s business district. He said he expected the storm to be at its most severe in Manila around 2 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). More than an inch rain was falling per hour in the city, many areas of which are susceptible to flooding.

Savio said while communities along the path of the typhoon have been evacuated, the government was not moving people out of the capital. “(The) majority are living in areas prone to floods. Schools are closed, offices and buildings (are) closed.”

As the storm continues on past the Philippines, conditions over the South China Sea favor intensification. The storm is likely to be a category 3 — or potentially upgraded to a category 4 — as it nears southern China.

The storm is expected to cross northern Hainan Friday evening local time (Friday morning ET) as a strong typhoon, likely still a category 3.

Some weakening will occur, but assuming the storm remains over water, the system should still be a typhoon when it makes its final landfall near the Vietnam-China border the following day.

Related posts:


About Earth Changes Media w/ Mitch Battros

Mitch Battros is a scientific journalist who is highly respected in both the scientific and spiritual communities due to his unique ability to bridge the gap between modern science and ancient text. Founded in 1995 – Earth Changes TV was born with Battros as its creator and chief editor for his syndicated television show. In 2003, he switched to a weekly radio show as Earth Changes Media. ECM quickly found its way in becoming a top source for news and discoveries in the scientific fields of astrophysics, space weather, earth science, and ancient text. Seeing the need to venture beyond the Sun-Earth connection, in 2016 Battros advanced his studies which incorporates our galaxy Milky Way - and its seemingly rhythmic cycles directly connected to our Solar System, Sun, and Earth driven by the source of charged particles such as galactic cosmic rays, gamma rays, and solar rays. Now, "Science Of Cycles" is the vehicle which brings the latest cutting-edge discoveries confirming his published Equation.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s