Storm Saola intensifies into a powerful typhoon affecting the Philippines
Storm Saola intensifies into a powerful typhoon affecting the Philippines. Image source: IANS News
Manila, August 27: The Philippine Bureau of Meteorology said that Saola intensified into a powerful typhoon at dawn today, Sunday, warning of heavy rains and strong winds in the northern Philippines.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Typhoon Saola may cause heavy rains in mountainous areas, which may lead to floods and landslides.
Xinhua, quoting the Meteorological Bureau, said the last time Saola was seen was over the coastal waters of Isabela Province on the northern island of Luzon.
Typhoon Saola was blowing south-southwest “slowly”, with winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 230 kilometers per hour.
“The southwest monsoon, strengthened by Typhoon Saola, will bring occasional or monsoon rains to mainland Luzon and Visayas regions in the central Philippines during the next three days,” the office warned.
Saola is the seventh typhoon to hit the archipelagic country this year.
Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is among the most disaster-prone countries globally, with active volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, and an average of 20 typhoons annually, causing floods and landslides.
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