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October 19, 2015

Typhoon Koppu makes landfall in the Philippines, displacing at least 16,000

Typhoon Koppu makes landfall in the Philippines, displacing at least 16,000

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Typhoon Koppu, known additionally as Lando, made landfall in the northern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least two and displacing at least 16,000 people.

A satellite image of Typhoon Koppu, as of October 17.
Image: United States Naval Research Laboratory.

The deadly storm caused a concrete wall in a home in Subic, Zambales to topple over, killing a 62-year-old woman and injuring her husband. A 14-year-old teenager was killed after being fatally pinned down in Manila by a tree which got knocked over. The same fallen tree injured four others, including a three-year-old. The tree additionally damaged three nearby houses.

The injured people were sent to the East Avenue Medical Centre for treatment.

A map showing the typhoon’s path.
Image: User:Meow, data from NOAA.

The typhoon made landfall in the town of Casiguran, a town with a population of 25,000 in the province of Aurora. Subsequently it ripped roofs off of houses, uprooted trees, and knocked down power lines. Nine provinces were left without electricity. Flash floods and landslides heavily damaged roads, and as a result 25 roads were made impassable.

The army attempted to clear routes leading to Casiguran, according to the state-owned Philippines News Agency. Nigel Lontoc, an employee of the Office of Civil Defense said that some residents were trapped on rooftops in the province of Nueva Ecija. Troops were sent to that location as a part of a rescue operation.

The typhoon weakened as it moved over land, and weather improved in some regions. Officials urged residents to be cautious since Koppu may still cause landslides and flash floods.

Alexander Pama, Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that they were asking their countrymen “not to become complacent.”

The typhoon is expected to move slowly over the Philippines, causing large amounts of rainfall.

This year, Koppu is the twelfth typhoon to hit the Philippines, where around 20 typhoons make landfall per year.

Bob Henson, weather blogger from Weather Underground, said that the Philippines is considered to be “the most vulnerable large nation on earth for tropical cyclones.”



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October 16, 2014

Hurricane warning goes into effect in Bermuda as Gonzalo nears

Hurricane warning goes into effect in Bermuda as Gonzalo nears

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Bermuda, in the North Atlantic Ocean, is under a hurricane warning after Hurricane Gonzalo was upgraded to Category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale earlier today.

The hurricane is moving up the North Atlantic Ocean with 140 mph winds (about 225 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The storm is supposed to come near Bermuda on Friday, and could actually hit Bermuda, according to officials. As a precaution, Bermuda’s L.F. Wade International Airport plans to close until the storm has passed.

The hurricane has already hit the Caribbean earlier this week. One person was killed and a dozen others were injured in that region.

Last weekend, another storm hit Bermuda, causing a power outage and residents were recovering from the damage. Winds from that storm reached 70 miles per hour on Sunday morning and it reached hurricane status on Sunday evening, only to be downgraded again later that night.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Ana in the Pacific Ocean is being monitored and officials predict will become a hurricane this weekend. Winds from this storm reached 60 mile per hour. It could hit Hawaii if it stays on its predicted path.



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September 23, 2014

Tropical storm Fung-wong makes landfall in Eastern China

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fung-wong on September 20th approaching Taiwan.
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Tropical Storm Fung-wong made landfall in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China, at about 7:35 p.m local time (1135 UTC) yesterday, bringing with it reportedly 100kph (60mph) winds and heavy rains.

China prepared for the storms by recalling nearly 33,000 ships and boats to port, and the preemptive evacuation of over 250,000 people from vulnerable areas. Fung-Wong was moving inland, northwards and eastwards, and as it did so wind speeds and the possibility of wind damage should diminish however it should continue to present a flooding risk. The storm was expected to hit Shanghai today, and around 100,000 people were placed on standby to deal with possible flooding. Fung-wong should also lead to heavy rain in Japan and South Korea bringing with it the threat of flash floods.

Prior to hitting China, Fung-wong had previously landed in Taiwan and the Philippines, leading directly to one death in Taiwan. Philippine officials said flooding and strong winds caused a minimum of ten deaths in the Philippines, with about 200,000 people displaced from their homes.



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August 28, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac upgraded to hurricane

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What was a tropical storm has now been upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane, according to media reports released earlier today.

Although less severe than Hurricane Katrina, the sheer size and slow movement of Isaac worries most experts.

Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center told reporters he expects the city of New Orleans to see, “[…] a long period of really bad weather.” A large cohort of military troops have moved into New Orleans to help prohibit looting.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac, already ravishing Dominican Republic and Haiti, is coming to New Orleans, exactly 7 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, killing over 1,500 people. President Barack Obama said, “Now is not the time to tempt fate.” and also said, “Now is not the time to dismiss official warnings. You need to take this seriously.” The National Weather Service said that it is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it strikes Louisiana. There was no mandatory evacuation in New Orleans.



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October 26, 2010

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Korean Grand Prix

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the first ever FIA 2010 Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea. With two races to go, Alonso now leads the drivers’ championship, closely followed by Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton.

As Typhoon Megi reached China, heavy rain hit Yeongam on Sunday afternoon and the race was red-flagged for about half an hour, before conditions improved. Both Red Bull drivers failed to finish despite starting first and second from the grid before and after race restarted. Webber ran wide and hit a wall, hitting Nico Rosberg‘s Mercedes, and Sebastian Vettel’s engine blew up during his spurt to the finish line leading the race.

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Hamilton changed places twice with Alonso behind Vettel, but finished second for McLaren. Alonso’s teammamte Felipe Massa closing the podium on third place. Michael Schumacher drove his best race in this season for Mercedes overtaking Robert Kubica‘s Renault after the restart following the red flag. Schumacher finished fourth and Kubica fifth.

Vitantonio Liuzzi placed his Force India on 6th place after his teammate, Adran Sutil, crashed in lap 47 after coming into contact with Kamui Kobayashi‘s {{w|BMW Sauber|Sauber}. Rubens Barrichello‘s Williams gets passes by both Kubica and Liuzzi to finish 7th ahead Kobayashi. The two German drivers of Sauber and Williams—Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg closed the top ten.

The situation in the season’s standings has now changed in favour of Alonso—the Spaniard leads the driver’s championship with 231 points, 11 more than Webber, who is in second place with 220 points. Hamilton and Vettel are third and fourth in the rankings with 210 and 206 respectively. Jenson Button has admitted he now has little hope of winning the title—he is in fifth with 189 points. The constructors’ standings list is still dominated by Red Bull, who have 426 points, McLaren with 399 and Ferrari with 374. There are two races left until the end of the season, the first in Brazil, and the second a week later in Abu Dhabi.



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October 25, 2010

Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize

Hurricane Richard makes landfall in Belize

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Monday, October 25, 2010

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Hurricane Richard made landfall in Belize about 20 mi (35 km) south-southeast of Belize City with winds of 90 mph (150 kph) at approximately 6:45 local time (0045 UTC) according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Richard is currently lashing the country with strong winds and heavy rain, which, officials have said, could cause life threatening floods and landslides.

Richard seven hours before landfall
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Officials have revealed that 10,000 people are currently sheltering in schools and churches, while some have moved to Belmopan, as the country is battered by strong winds and heavy rains. Although tourists have been evacuated from vulnerable areas, some residents have decided to ride out the storm in their homes.

The area which Richard made landfall in is populated with neighborhoods made of wooden houses with zinc roofs. According to a clerk at a bed and breakfast, Fanny Llanos, “the winds are very strong [and are] getting stronger.” She also said that palm trees were struggling in the winds and there were loud sounds all around.

It has also been reported that 3 foot (1 meter) waves were beginning to hit the docks. Local emergency officials have advised store owners not to increase prices as people tried to stock up for the impending arrival of the hurricane.

Landslides have blocked one of the countries highways in the Colon province, blocking access to 40 towns leaving 15,000 people trapped. Teams are trying to clear the highway. Residents have advised that they have taken adequate preparations for the storm with one man saying that “he expected only some beach erosion and minor damage to homes.”

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October 24, 2010

Richard becomes a hurricane, threatens Belize

Richard becomes a hurricane, threatens Belize

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

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Richard has become a Category one hurricane with winds of 85 mph (155 kph) according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.It is heading west-northwestward and is expected to make landfall in Belize sometime this evening.

Richard is located 95 mi (155 km) east of Belize City, Belize, however it is still dumping heavy rains in Honduras. Sections of the north coast of Honduras, from Limón westward to Puerto Cortes and the Bay Islands including Rotan, Utila and Guanaja, as well as the entire country of Belize are still under a hurricane warning according to the Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning is also up for east coast of Yucatán Peninsula from Punta Gruesa to Chetumal. The tropical storm warning and watch are discontinued for areas east of Limón eastward to the Honduras/Nicaragua border.

The Hurricane Center is warning people residing in hurricane warning areas to brace for hurricane conditions by this evening and to rush all preparations to completion. The first bands of Richard brining tropical storm forced winds are expected to arrive within twelve to eighteen hours. Hurricane force winds extend 15 mi (30 km) from the center, while topical storm force winds extend 105 mi (165 km).

The hurricane is expected to plow through Belize and Mexico before emerging into the Bay of Campeche as a depression. The depression could pose a threat to oil rigs in the Bay of Campeche.

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Cyclone Giri makes landfall in Myanmar, kills one

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Satellite image of Cyclone Giri approaching Myanmar
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At least one person is dead and many more are missing as Cyclone Giri made landfall in Myanmar at around 8:00 pm local time (0130 UTC), according to officials. Giri strengthened just before making landfall in the capital of the Rakhine State, Sittwe, according to local media. An offical reported that a woman was killed in Minpyar when a tree collapsed, but he had not heard of anymore deaths yet. It was also reported that 100 fishermen are missing after the storm caught them in the northeastern Bay of Bengal.

The hardest hit area was the coastal town of Kyaukphyu, which suffered power loss and destruction of its seawall. A Red Cross worker reported that about 70% of the city had been destroyed and there were 60,000 people who were in need of help, however no deaths were reported. “Fishermen and people there have had time to move to safer places as disaster measures were already in place,” he said. “Our office in Kyaukphyu was destroyed by a falling tree… we have had problems getting transport and the latest data but are trying to reach the affected areas as soon as possible.”

Giri also produced wave heights of 7 to 8 meters (23-26 feet) which forced residents of St Martin’s island and Teknaf to move to shelters. According to a resident of Sittwe, “the authorities warned us with loudspeakers yesterday to prepare for the cyclone, so people had time to move safer places.” The strongest winds moved through the area on Saturday afternoon and then moved northeastward through the center of the country. Department of Meteorology and Hydrology stated that Giri is expected to weaken to a moderate tropical storm as it moves further inland.

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October 23, 2010

Typhoon Megi kills seven in Taiwan, heads towards southern China

Typhoon Megi kills seven in Taiwan, heads towards southern China

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Projected path of Megi
Image: Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Typhoon Megi passed by Taiwan devastating the island, killing seven and trapping 400 in automobiles. Megi is currently heading northwards and is expected to make landfall in Mainland China by 0600 UTC today. Megi currently has winds of 150 kph (95 mph) with gusts of 185 kph (115 mph).

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency at least 23 people were missing including nineteen passengers of a tour bus. Rescuers were searching for the missing persons, while distributing aid to stranded tourists in the mountainous northwestern region of the country.

China’s Xinhua news agency reported that helicopter were able to evacuate 70 people from the country, it was reported that the driver and a passenger from a second tour bus were also listed as missing.

According to a spokesman from Taiwan’s National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission, Cai Min, soldiers were deployed to rescue 200 stranded Chinese tourists, more than 24 tourists had been rescued as of Friday.

A satellite image of Megi
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The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has advised that Megi could make landfall in South China as early as 0600 UTC today. Although Megi is expected to make landfall quite a distance from Hong Kong, local officials are reminding residents to remain alert. The government has deployed teams to Hong Kong to mount sandbags, clear drains and trim trees, temporary shelters have also been opened.

Domestic and international flights in Southern China have been cancelled as strong gales are moving in ahead of Megi. About 130,000 fishing boats in the Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan provinces have been called back to port and about 150,000 in Fujian have fled to safety. The highest warning level has been issued for coastal ares China in anticipation of Megi. The warning gives officials the power to evacuate areas six hours before impact, close schools, airports and recall vessels in danger back to port.

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