Super Typhoon Chanthu makes landfall in the Philippines with ‘destructive’ winds of 260 km/h

Typhoon Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, was one of the strongest storms this year with sustained winds of 260 km/h before making landfall.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), with winds of more than 200 km/h, Typhoon Chanthu made landfall on the Batanes Islands at around 8:30 a.m. local time, forcing the government to authority to issue a level 4 warning for the Batanes area, equivalent to “very destructive strong winds”.

The area northeast of the Babuyan Islands was issued a level 3 warning when the storm made land, then downgraded to level 2.

Affected areas could also see heavy rain and a risk of “life-threatening tides” of 2 to 3 meters on September 11, in addition to the risk of flash floods and landslides. In the south, the capital Manila is also warned of a lot of rain. More than 400 people were forced to evacuate as local authorities issued warnings about landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains.

According to CNN, the storm is currently heading towards Taiwan, China, forcing authorities to issue warnings at sea and land in the southern Pingtung and Taitung regions.

Speaking to Taiwan’s Central News Agency (China) on June 9, forecaster at Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau Wu Wan-hua said heavy rain is expected across the country. southern part of the island, which can lead to flash floods and mudslides in the highlands of Taiwan (China). Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said that the storm is unlikely to make landfall.

Super Typhoon Chanthu makes landfall in the Philippines with destructive winds of 260 km/h - Photo 1.

Taiwan Self-Defense Forces evacuate people before the storm (Image: CNA)

Taiwan (China) airlines canceled many domestic flights on the afternoon of September 11, according to Reuters. The storm is expected to weaken as it moves north toward China early next week. Chanthu is forecast to move off the coast of Shanghai on September 13 or 14, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the mainland.

At the same time, in the East Sea, Typhoon Con Son, a tropical storm, will move near Da Nang city from the night of September 11 to the morning of September 12 (Vietnam time).

Although much weaker than Super Typhoon Chanthu, Con Son is still expected to maintain winds at 75 km/h before making landfall on the morning of September 12 as forecast. Storm Con Son may be accompanied by a large-scale rainfall of 100-200 mm lasting until September 13. Heavy rains have the potential to cause flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.

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