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Super Typhoon Parma May Churn Manila to Vanila

Posted by feww on October 1, 2009

Images of the Day: The Front One is Super Typhoon Parma

Philippines President has declared a nationwide “state of calamity” and ordered mass evacuations of six provinces in northern Luzon, where typhoon Parma is forecast to make a landfall  early afternoon  Saturday.

‘Typhoon Parma is forecast to strike the Philippines as a super typhoon at about 12:00 GMT on 3 October. Data supplied by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 17.2 N, 123.2 E. Parma is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 268 km/h (166 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.’ Reuters said.

About 300 people were killed in the Philippines worst floods in living memory caused by tropical storm Ketsana on September 26, which swamped about half a million homes in the Manila and nearby regions. Typhoon Parma is expected to expand the destruction.

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MTSAT  Visible  Satellite Image of
soon to be Super Typhoon Parma followed by Typhoon Melor – still image dated and timed at October 1, 2009 at 05:30UTC – Click on image to  enlarge the hourly updated image. Image: NOAA

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MTSAT  Rainbow Enhancement Satellite Image of soon to be Super Typhoon Parma followed by Typhoon Melor – still image dated and timed at October 1, 2009 at 05:30UTC – Click on image to  enlarge the hourly updated image.
Image: NOAA

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72-hour Forecast Track  – Source: JMA. Image may be subject to copyright. Click on Image to update.

No. of typhoons in 2009 (so far) =  18
Annual Average (1951 – 2008)  = 19.1

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9 Responses to “Super Typhoon Parma May Churn Manila to Vanila”

  1. […] Typhoon Melor Leaves a Trail of destruction […]

  2. […] Typhoon Parma […]

  3. […] like it could spare the Philippines main Island of Luzon […]

  4. terres said

    Storm lingers after killing 16 in Philippines

    By JIM GOMEZ (AP) – 3 hours ago

    MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Parma weakened into a tropical storm that lingered off the Philippine coast Monday, drenching northern provinces as well as Taiwan after killing 16 people and causing widespread flooding and landslides.

    Chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said Parma headed northwest into the South China Sea after passing over the Philippines, which is still reeling from an earlier storm that killed almost 300 people. Parma was now almost still because Typhoon Melor, which was approaching from the west, was pulling it back toward the coast.

    Parma was not expected to make another landfall but will continue to dump heavy rain, Cruz said. The storm was located 143 miles (230 kilometers) off northern Laoag city, packing winds of 59 mph (95 kph) and gusts of up to 75 mph (120 kph).

    Typhoon Melor over the northern Pacific Ocean was pushing west, Cruz said. It did not pose a direct threat to the rain-soaked northern Philippines, he said.

    Parma hit the main island of Luzon on Saturday. Flooding and landslides over the weekend killed at least 16 people, but the capital, Manila — still awash in floodwaters from a storm barely a week earlier — was spared a new disaster.

    In Taiwan, authorities had issued landslide and flash flooding warnings for eastern and southern areas in preparation, and evacuated 6,582 residents from vulnerable regions.

    Parma spared the island its full brunt Monday, veering off its southwestern coast.

    Still, it brought very heavy rains. The Central Weather Bureau reported 29 inches (746 millimeters) of precipitation in the eastern county of Yilan since Sunday. That comes just weeks after a deadly typhoon hit southern Taiwan causing torrential rains and the island’s worst flooding in decades.

    Parma hit the Philippines just eight days after a Tropical Storm Ketsana inundated Manila and surrounding provinces, killing almost 300 people. Saturday’s storm dropped more rain on the capital, slowing the cleanup and making conditions more miserable.

    Still, classes in and around Manila were reopened Monday after a weeklong closure, except where schools were turned into evacuation centers.

    At the Santa Elena High School in flood-hit Marikina city, east of Manila, muddied teachers and students turned up for class. They were still coming to terms with their ordeal.

    “We were near tears because of the situation, especially over the past days when the students were texting us that they have lost their homes,” said teacher Virma Mariano. “We have teachers who went through a near-death experience when they were being chased by the flood, they went from one roof to the other.”

    Last week, Ketsana killed at least 288 people and damaged the homes of 3 million in the Philippines before striking other Southeast Asian nations, killing 162 in Vietnam, 18 in Cambodia and at least 16 in Laos.

    Associated Press writers Teresa Cerojano in Manila and Peter Enav in Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this report.

    Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  5. […] Super Typhoon Parma May Churn Manila to Vanila Images of the Day: The Front One is Super Typhoon Parma Philippines President has declared a nationwide “state of […] […]

  6. terres said

    Breaking News

    Typhoon ‘Pepeng’ changes course, heads to Cagayan
    ( Updated October 03, 2009 12:38 AM

    MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon ‘Pepeng” (international name: Parma) has changed course and is now heading to Cagayan instead of Aurora-Isabela area in northern Luzon as earlier forecast, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

    The weather bureau said as of 11 p.m., “Pepeng” was spotted at 200 kms North Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 380 kilometers southeast of Aparri, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is moving at 13 kph.

    Pagasa said the typhoon is expected to make landfall in Northern Cagayan this evening (Oct. 3) and would be 130 kilometers northwest of Aparri by Sunday evening and 170 kilometers west of Baco, Batanes by Monday evening.

    As of 11 p.m., typhoon signal no. 3 is still in effect Catanduanes, signal no. 2 in Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Northern Quezon, Polilio Islands, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

    Meanwhile, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Albay, Burias Islands, Sorsogon and Metro Manila were placed under storm signal no. 1.

    Pagasa reiterates its warning to residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signals no. 3, no. 2 and no. 1 to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

    Copyright © 2009. Philstar. All Rights Reserved

  7. […] Super Typhoon Parma May Churn Manila to Vanila Images of the Day: The Front One is Super Typhoon Parma ‘Typhoon Parma is forecast to strike the Philippines as a […] […]

  8. feww said


    “Twin-engine” hurricanes, “Supercharged” Typhoons

  9. Jaakko Tiistola said

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