Friday, July 3, 2015 – Typhoon Chan-hom, a typhoon currently located in the Pacific Ocean, is expected to become a super typhoon by early next week. About 300 miles southeast of Guam and stationary at present, it is expected to move northwest within the next 24 hours but won’t hit Japan, South Korea and eastern parts of China until late next week. Guam is in the path of the typhoon but landfall will occur before Typhoon Chan-hom becomes a supertyphoon. Assuming the typhoon stays on the predicted path, Philippines will not be affected by it.
However, we should all be wary because as of last night, another tropical depression from the Philippine Sea has become Typhoon Linfa. It is expected to make landfall in northern Luzon by the end of the week, to be locally named as “Egay”.
Typhoon Linfa Egay, raises a CODE RED flag, bringing approximately 75 to 150 mm of rainfall (see categories below) which have caused concern about possible serious flooding. Wind speeds are estimated to be at 60-115 kph, possibly either a Typhoon Signal #2 or #3. Evacuation of affected areas may be expected.
“[The unpredictable weather, caused by global warming and] climate change, [may result in] at least one extreme storm,” says Engr. Hilario Esparanza, head of Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) – Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). “The number of typhoons hitting the country have been increasing and 19-21 weather disturbances are expected for this year alone…There could be at least one extreme storm. This month of July, we are expecting two to three tropical cyclones to enter PAR (Philippine Area of Responsibility).”
Satellite photo – Philippine Star
Rainfall Advisories – Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines