The Philippine Meteorological Agency issued an alarming update on Sunday, confirming that Tropical Storm Saola has been magnified into a super typhoon. The northern provinces, which are critical centers for the cultivation of rice, corn and vegetables, are now at greater risk of heavy rains and devastating winds.
Current data from Saola indicates winds as high as 185 km/h around its core and gusts that can reach a staggering 230 km/h. Since early Sunday, the typhoon was traced over the coastal waters of the province of Isabela. Further forecasts suggest that Isabela, along with Cagayan, Ilocos and the mountain-locked mountain range region, will be besieged by torrential rains later in the day and on Monday. These conditions dramatically increase the dangers of floods and landslides in these regions.
Saola’s wider impact is expected to cover the vast island of Luzon, including Manila, the country’s capital, over the next 72 hours.
It is worth remembering that just a month ago, the northern territories of the Philippines faced the wrath of Typhoon Doksuri. It wreaked havoc with ferocious winds and flooding rains, causing power outages for thousands of people. Subsequently, Doksuri proceeded to China, where he continued his destructive path.
As for Saola’s next move, current predictions point to a northward turn by Monday, with an expected landfall in southern Taiwan either late Wednesday or early Thursday.
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