A magnificent storm, similar to a Category 5 hurricane within the Atlantic, is expected to be delayed by a landfall on Wednesday or early Friday morning.
Time Staff Updated: October 25, 2016
Philippines Weeds for Super Typhoon Hyma
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The story originally appeared on Time.com.
The Philippines’ island of Luzon – the largest and most populous island in the archipelago – is on high alert as an unusual storm roars across the western Pacific.
Super Hurricane Hima – locally identified as Typhoon Laine – is located 385 kilometers east of Casiguran in Aurora, in line with a modern-day bulletin posted Wednesday morning with the help of the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). It packs winds of up to 220 km per hour near its center, speeds up to 305 km per hour, and is expected to land on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Pagasa Tropical Storm Warning Signal Number Four or Five – Philippines Maximum Phase Warning – is expected to lift Wednesday night in Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte and northern Isabela.
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Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, it had already issued warning signal number 4 for Isabela and South Cagayan, where it began forcibly evacuating citizens in towns along the Cagayan River.
Matt McGarry, Country Representative for Catholic Relief Services – one of several NGOs willing to help affected groups in the Philippines – pointed out to TIME that this is the fourth storm he will see in two months, but “there is a special feeling round.”
He brought: “We hope for the greatest but are preparing for the worst.”
About 19 tropical cyclones or hurricanes are known as the Philippine Area of Responsibility, and less than half have landfall. But decades of hurricane statistics have made tropical cyclones extra virulent in the Pacific. In November 2013, the worst Philippine storm on record, at least 6, three hundred human beings were killed inside Haiyan, Yu. S. B. And triggered hundreds of thousands of harmful greenbacks.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has warned nearby and proximate groups to take “high-level” precautions.
The Cagayan at the northern tip of Luzon, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Cordillera Mountains to the north. Its valleys feed on rice, corn, peanuts, beans, farm animals and pigs. But miles are particularly vulnerable to mudslides and flooding. Hyma wants to trigger landslides and flash floods in the lowlands, and has warned NDRRMC citizens that a storm surge of up to 5 meters could damage its coast.