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World Philippines typhoon: Evacuation ordered as Goni, the world's strongest storm of 2020, approaches

07:15  31 october  2020
07:15  31 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Philippine officials on Saturday ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as a category 5 storm that is the world ' s strongest this year approaches the Southeast Asian nation. Typhoon Goni , with 215 kph (133 miles) sustained winds and gusts of up to

Typhoon Goni , known in the Philippines as Typhoon Rolly, is a small yet extremely powerful Category 5-equivalent super typhoon nearing the Philippines .

Philippine officials on Saturday ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island, as the world's strongest storm this year approached the Southeast Asian nation.

a group of people in a small boat in a body of water: The floor of a destroyed house after Typhoon Molave hit a town in Oriental Mindoro province, the Philippines, on October 26. © ERIK DE CASTRO/AFP/AFP via Getty Images The floor of a destroyed house after Typhoon Molave hit a town in Oriental Mindoro province, the Philippines, on October 26.

Typhoon Goni -- known locally as Rolly -- is a category 5 storm with 215 kilometers per hour (133 miles per hour) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265 kph (164 mph). It will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013.

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Goni becomes super typhoon on path to the storm -weary Philippines . By Mary Gilbert, AccuWeather meteorologist. As Goni tracks westward over the open waters of the Philippine Sea, it will stay in an environment featuring low vertical wind shear, which would normally allow for additional strengthening.

Typhoon Goni continued to strengthen on its way to the Philippines , tracking a path similar to Molave that has killed dozens of people and damaged homes Goni ’ s winds are forecast to reach 155 miles (249 kilometers) per hour by Saturday morning, before weakening slightly as it approaches eastern

Pre-emptive evacuations have started in coastal and landslide-prone communities in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, while the Albay provincial government will order residents in risky areas to leave their homes, Gremil Naz, a local disaster official, told DZBB radio station.

Earlier this week, Typhoon Molave killed 22 people in the Philippines -- mostly through drowning in provinces south of the capital Manila, which is also in the projected path of Goni.

Authorities are facing another hurdle as social distancing needs to be imposed in evacuation centers to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Philippines has the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, behind only Indonesia.

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The 2020 Pacific typhoon season is an event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation in which tropical cyclones form in the western Pacific Ocean.

Typhoon Vongfong has made landfall in the Philippines , forcing the evacuation of tens of Updated 0812 GMT (1612 HKT) May 15, 2020 . It is the first named storm of the 2020 season in the West Pacific. Vongfong packed winds of at least 115 Check your local forecast and get weather news from around the world >>>. At least 200,000 people live in coastal areas near the area of Samar affected.

Relief goods, heavy machinery and personal protective equipment are already positioned in key areas, Filipino Grace America, mayor of Infanta town in Quezon province, told DZBB radio. "But because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our funds for calamity concerns and expenses are insufficient," she said.

Local officials canceled port operations and barred fishers from setting sail.

Typhoon Goni, moving westward at 20 kph (12 mph) from the Pacific Ocean, will bring intense rains over the capital and 14 provinces nearby on Saturday evening, and threats of floods and landslides.

Another typhoon, Atsani, is gaining strength just outside the Philippines. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year.

IN IMAGES. Typhoon Goni sweeps through the Philippines causing at least ten deaths .
Several of the victims were buried under volcanic mudslides that engulfed two villages near the active volcano Mayon. © Charism SAYAT / AFP In Tabaco, in the Philippines, after the passage of typhoon Goni, on November 1, 2020? At least ten people perished this Sunday in the Philippines, swept away by typhoon Goni , the most powerful of the year. The authorities have reported "catastrophic" conditions in some areas, after evacuating nearly 400,000 residents.

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