The Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Nanmadol

  • Super-Typhoon Nanmadol brought wind gusts of up to 230km/h across the northern Philippines.

    Super Typhoon Nanmadol caused flooding and landslides across northern parts of the Philippines.

  • The Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Nanmadol
    01.09.2011 15:36

    Last week, whilst Hurricane Irene battered eastern parts of the United States, Super Typhoon Nanmadol hit the Philippines, bringing heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 230km/h across northern parts of the main island of Luzon. These very high wind gusts made Nanmadol a stronger and more powerful tropical cyclone system than Hurricane Irene.

    The term ‘super-typhoon’ refers to any typhoon with winds of at least 185 km/h (115mph) and was adopted by the Hong Kong observatory in 2009. Typhoon Mina (international name Nanmadol) is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, killing at least 29 people and leaving around 8 missing. Over 61,000 people in the Philippines were forced to evacuate their homes as Nanmadol caused landslides and flooding across seven regions in Luzon.

    Super typhoon Nanmadol then moved north-westwards across Taiwan and into south-east China weakening as it did so into a tropical storm and then a tropical depression. However, once the typhoon had cleared the northern Philippines it still affected weather patterns here bringing further heavy rains to large parts of Luzon, with more than 119mm of rainfall recorded at Dagupan on Monday.

    There are no signs of the Pacific tropical storm activity quieting down over the next few days either, with the season’s 12th system already forming and heading towards western Japan. Tropical Storm Talas is currently travelling north-westwards towards Japan and is forecast to make landfall on either Friday or Saturday according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Tropical Storm Talas is currently expected to bring 1-minute sustained winds of around 111km/h (69mph) to parts of Japan.

    At present there are disagreements between the weather models, but according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center the likely course that Talas will take over the next day or two is a progression northwards across Japan with the tropical storm weakening as it moves across the land.

    By: Gemma Plumb