According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Typhoon Saola has just intensified into a super typhoon, bringing heavy rains to the provinces of Isabela, Ilocos, Cagayan and the Cordillera Region in the north on the 27th and 28th. 8, the risk of floods and landslides increases. These are the areas where rice, corn and vegetables are grown a lot in the Philippines.
Local media reported that around 2,000 people have been evacuated to avoid flooding. According to Bloomberg, two areas, Isabela and Cagayan were severely damaged by Super Typhoon Doxuri in July.
PAGASA forecast that Saola will not make landfall in the Philippines but will still strengthen the Southwest Monsoon and bring rain to many areas of the country within the next 3 days. The storm also affected the main island of Luzon and the provinces of the capital Manila.
According to PAGASA, Typhoon Saola will change direction and move towards Taiwan. Saola will retain super typhoon strength when it makes landfall on the island on the evening of August 30 or early morning of August 31. The rough terrain could weaken the super typhoon before crossing the Taiwan Strait.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s weather agency said a maritime warning could be issued on the night of August 28 or the morning of August 29, followed by a land warning, as Super Typhoon Saola approaches. The typhoon is expected to make its worst impact on Taiwan on August 30 and 31, causing heavy rains in many places.
Streets are flooded in Baggao City, Cagayan Province – Philippines on August 27. Photo: ABS-CBN News
theo Xinhua News AgencyIn an online meeting on 26 August, Chinese officials said Typhoon Saola’s path was uncertain. He called on local authorities in the east and south to closely monitor the storm and evacuate people if necessary.
At the same time, the China Meteorological Administration has warned of the danger of floods due to heavy rains in many provinces such as Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong from 26 to 28 August. Hunan, Guangxi… What is worrying is that the rainstorm may also pose a risk of flooding in mountainous areas, geological disasters, and flooding of some medium and large rivers. Small rivers may flood in affected areas.
Meanwhile, Japan is forecasting that Saola will make landfall near the Sakishima Islands in the Okinawa region on August 29, causing high waves there. According to radio, the sea around the Sakishima Islands is expected to be very active on 30 August NHK,
In addition, Japan is also keeping a close eye on another typhoon named Demre, which is moving north and near the country’s easternmost island, Minamitorishima. Typhoon Demre is expected to move further north on August 28, but it is likely to stay off the coasts of the Kanto and Tohoku regions. Strong winds and high waves are possible along the Pacific coast north of Japan.
The Japan Meteorological Agency urged the public to update information about both typhoons immediately.