After Karen, Philippines braces for Typhoon Haima
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After Karen, Philippines braces for Typhoon Haima

BARELY hours after Typhoon Sarika (local name Karen) left the Philippines after making landfall on Sunday, locals were alerted to the expected entry of yet another tropical cyclone, dubbed Typhoon Haima.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued an alert Monday morning, saying the typhoon (local name Lawin) will likely enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this afternoon.

As at 10am, Pagasa said the typhoon was 1,265km east of Visayas, with sustained winds of up to 150 kph and gusts of up to 185kph.

The state weather bureau said it will issue its next weather update at 5pm Monday.

According to a report by The Weather Channel, Haima could potentially pummel the Philippines even harder than Karen.

“Typhoon Haima is poised to intensify quickly in the western Pacific Ocean and may reach super typhoon status before posing a threat to the northern Philippines, Taiwan and southern China in the week ahead,” it said.

A super typhoon is defined as those with maximum sustained winds of 150mph (240kph) or higher.

“Steered by high pressure aloft to its north, Haima may threaten Luzon, Philippines, or Taiwan late Wednesday or Thursday, potentially as a strong typhoon,” the report added.

On Sunday, Pagasa meteorologist Benison Estreja said the Haima is expected to make landfall over northern Luzon.

Typhoon Karen slammed into northeastern Philippines, into the Aurora province, early Sunday, leaving two people dead, knocking out power and isolating thousands of villagers with floods and toppled trees.

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According to mayor Nelianto Bihasa in ABS-CBN news: “It was strong, stronger than previous typhoons. You can really say that this is not just a typical storm. The effects of the storm were really intense, we were just able to prepare beforehand.”

Rappler in its report Monday said as at 2pm Sunday, there were 2,628 displaced families in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Bicol.

In its 4.30am bulletin Monday morning, Pagasa said Karen had left the PAR, and that rainfall would be from moderate to heavy within a 500km radius of the typhoon.

“Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the northern and western seaboards of northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon,” it said.

Rappler quoting Pagasa said Typhoon Karen maintained its strength as it exited PAR, with maximum winds of up to 130kph and gusts of up to 200kph.