The Philippine weather bureau warned of heavy rains, floods and landslides in mountainous areas of the country, with intensifying severe tropical storm Khanun forecast to develop into a typhoon.
(Bloomberg) — The Philippine weather bureau warned of heavy rains, floods and landslides in mountainous areas of the country, with intensifying severe tropical storm Khanun forecast to develop into a typhoon.
Khanun is expected to “steadily intensify within the next three days,” Pagasa said in its 5 a.m. advisory. “It is forecast to become a typhoon between late evening today or tomorrow early morning and reach its peak intensity on Tuesday”
While Khanun is on a northward path over the Philippine Sea and appears to be heading away from landmass, heavy rainfall is expected as the storm and super typhoon Doksuri, which hit the country last week, boost the Southwest Monsoon, the weather bureau said. This will bring “occasional” monsoon showers over the western parts of Luzon and the Visayas, it said.
The water level of the capital region’s Marikina River reached 16.1 meters (52.8 feet) Saturday evening, nearing the 18 meter level that triggers a forced evacuation of certain parts of Marikina City, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports, citing the local government.
The Philippines is affected by an average of 20 tropical cyclones a year, making it one of the world’s worst-hit countries, according to Pagasa.
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Doksuri, which struck last week, destroyed more than 1.3 billion pesos worth of agricultural crops and caused an estimated 2.66 billion pesos of damage to infrastructure, including bridges and roads, according to local media reports that cited the agriculture and public works departments.
The super typhoon affected half a million people mostly in the northern parts of main Luzon Island and left 14 dead, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. It flooded more than 258 villages in the Luzon provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, located north of Manila.
Khanun is moving at 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) an hour with maximum sustained winds of 95 km an hour near the center and gusts of up to 115 km an hour, Pagasa said. It’s forecast to move north northwestward before veering northwestward Monday, according to the weather bureau.
The tropical storm may exit the Philippines Monday evening or early Tuesday before turning west northwestward and passing close to Japan’s Okinawa Islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago on Tuesday morning and then entering the East China Sea.
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