As a typhoon with 95mph winds makes landfall in the Philippines, some 750,000 people have been evacuated from the storm’s path. Typhoon Melor, known locally as Nona, is expected to bring heavy rain that could lead to floods, landslides, and storm surges, according to authorities. The storm made landfall early on Monday, hitting a small island village, and the typhoon’s trajectory will see it passing over several other islands before reaching the mainland later in the day.
Philippine authorities are taking major precautions as Melor approaches, in part because the storm is traveling a similar path to a deadly category 5 typhoon that struck the area in 2013, leaving almost 8,000 people dead or missing. Today, in addition to evacuating homes and businesses, officials grounded 40 domestic flights and ordered 73 ferries and hundreds of fishing boats to remain in port. Schools have also been closed in three provinces in preparation for the storm reaching the main island, which is projected to happen near Sorsogon, about 239 miles southeast of Manila, the capital city.
The good thing about Melor, if there is a good thing about having a typhoon headed your way, is that the storm isn’t likely to cause widespread damage. “Melor is a very compact typhoon, so that will prevent its most devastating impacts from extending too far from its centre,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Douty.
The storm has also lost some of its strength, thanks to encountering some drier air early on Monday. According to Douty, that will prevent Melor from hitting the main island with the full force of a “super typhoon” as it was originally feared. Typhoon Melor is one of about 20 typhoons that occur in the Philippines each year.
Via The Guardian
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