Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Philippines braces for Super Typhoon Haima

Supertyphoon Haima continues to move toward the Philippines and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible image of the storm that revealed a clear eye.

According to data going back to 1950 from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, it will be just the third time back-to-back storms with an intensity of Category 4 or higher have hit the Philippines.

"Many villages lost power and intense winds tore tin roofs off houses", The Associated Press reported, and thousands of residents evacuated impacted areas in the north of the country.

Haima - which was packing sustained winds of 225 kilometres per hour when it hit, making it a category four storm - smashed inland in Penablanca town in the northern Cagayan province shortly before midnight (local time), weather officials said.

"We are ready to respond immediately if required, and will be assessing the damage and humanitarian needs as soon as the storm has passed", Mr. Olney said.

"Save the Children is closely monitoring the storm as it tracks towards the country and we stand ready to respond if required".

More than 10 million people across the northern parts of the Philippines' main island of Luzon will be affected, according to the government's disaster risk management agency. Haima is forecast to head toward China's coast after passing through the Philippines. The nation's weather bureau expects the storm to make landfall in Cagayan province in northern Philippines in early October 20.

The civil defence chief, Ricardo Jalad, said all areas in the storm's path had undergone pre-emptive evacuation although he could not give an estimate on how many people had fled. Numerous provinces are still recovering from powerful Typhoon Sarika, which left at least two people dead and displaced tens of thousands of villagers last weekend.

The typhoon is expected to hit as many as 2.7 million people across seven Philippine provinces. The Southeast Asian archipelago endures about 20 major storms each year, many of them deadly.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) Number 1 over Catanduanes as the typhoon intensified while traversing the Philippine Sea.

In 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan struck central Philippines, leaving major devastation in its wake, including the deaths of at least 6,000 people.

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