Friday, July 18, 2014

Typhoon's Trek Across the Philippines - 64 Known Deaths - 7000 Homes Destroyed

Satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) as its eye moved over Polangui, Albay province in the Philippines around 1000 UTC (6 p.m. local time) Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Thousands of homes were reportedly damaged in Polangui.
Rammasun, known as 'Glenda' in the Philippines, made its first landfall Tuesday morning (U.S. time) over Albay province in the southeastern part of the northern Philippines.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the first landfall occurred at 5 p.m. local time over the municipality of Rapu-Rapu. This was followed by a second landfall at 6:30 p.m. in nearby Tabaco City, on the main island of Luzon.
After emerging over the Ragay Gulf, the typhoon's eye made a third landfall on Luzon over the Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon province near Catanauan, about 115 miles southeast of Manila, at midnight local time Tuesday night.
A fourth landfall appeared to occur near Lucena in Quezon province shortly before sunrise Wednesday, and a fifth landfall appeared to occur on the Bataan Peninsula around 9 a.m. Wednesday after the eye crossed Manila Bay.
The Philippines are 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time in the U.S.
Storm chaser James Reynolds traveled to Legazpi, the provincial capital of Albay, and experienced both the eye and eyewall of Rammasun (Glenda) Tuesday.

The typhoon caused at least 64 deaths in the Philippines, as well as damage to property and infrastructure across Luzon, the largest island in the archipelago, according to the Philippines News Agency, citing of Office of Civil Defense. The agency said most victims were struck by falling trees or other debris. At least 103 injuries were reported and five people reported missing.
The typhoon damages more than 26,000 houses -- about 7,000 of those destroyed, the agency said.
James Reynolds, a freelance journalist and videographer who was in Legazpi when the typhoon made landfall in the Philippines, said in a twitter post that Rammasun looked "immensely powerful -- one of the strongest I've seen in the (South) China Sea for a long time. 

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