Saturday, May 9, 2015

Typhoon Noul Approaching the Philippines

On the other side of the globe, still another Typhoon is approaching the Philippines. The typhoon is not considered a 'Super Typhoon', but the residents of North East Luzon are now making final preparations of Typhoon Noul / Dodong which is now already affecting the eastern sea boards of the Philippine Islands. Evacuations in Erosin Sorsogon at Mt. Bulusan are under way in preparation for the arrival of damaging winds and flooding rains. The arrival of the major part of the storm will arrive sometime around 9:00 AM Philippine time. This is the third named typhoon to arrive in the Philippines this year. After leaving the northern part of the Philippines, its path may take it near Taiwan and continue on its journey towards Japan.

An average of 20 typhoons cross the Philippines annually, with the storms becoming fiercer in recent years. In 2013, thanks to Typhoon Haiyan, the category 5 typhoon struck the central Philippines and more than 8,000 people lost their lives.

2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Premiere - Tropical Storm Ana

   It is still at least 3 weeks out before the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is to begin on June 1st and end on September 30th. With this said, there is a tropical storm now churning in the Atlantic, not far from the eastern United States coast and could make landfall as early as Sunday. It will cross the eastern border of the United States in North Carolina and promises to bring high winds and flooding. It is moving at a very slow rate of 3 MPH, and as of 5 PM ET, the storm was located about 65 mph southeast of Myrtle Beach. S.C., and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Even though the center of the storm is 65 miles away from Mrtle Beach, storm-force winds reach out 125 miles, with winds of 60 mph and wind gusts even higher.
   Tropical storm conditions reach out from Cape Lookout, N.C., to the South Santee River in South Carolina. Storm surge and tides will be responsible to puch wather levels up as much as 2 feet above normal high tide levels. There is expected to be 1 inch to 5 inches of rain in the affected areas.
   The last time a storm surfaced this early in the year was another storm in the Atlantic that occurred in 2003, and ironically, the name was Ana. This begs the question of how active the hurricane season will be this year.