Philippines and Taiwan brace up for typhoon ParmaOctober 1st, 2009 - 10:11 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Evergreen, Oct 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Days of misery and hardship are still not over for Philippines residents. A super duper typhoon was gathering pace in the western Pacific and is expected to strike Taiwan and Philippines.
Typhoon Parma is expected to bring lots of downpour and major property damage to the Philippines on Saturday, according to meteorologists.
The earlier storm warning was upgraded to a super typhoon on Thursday as it churned towards the island nation with winds of strong speeds 240 kph (150 mph). The storm was about 600 miles (965 km) southeast of Manila, the Philippines’ capital on Thursday afternoon.
The five-day tracking map shows that the storm will visit Taiwan from the south, on Monday.
Super typhoon Parma comes just after Typhoon Ketsana, which left at least 246 people dead as it passed over the Philippines over the weekend. An additional 38 were still missing, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said.
“As Typhoon Parma travels closer to the Philippines, the immediate threat from this storm will be the possibility of torrential rains causing widespread flooding for central and northern Philippines,” explains Matthew Swinden, President of the Swinden Group. “If Parma continues on its forecasted track, it will skirt by Luzon, Philippines on Friday and Saturday. Even with a near miss, damage to the infrastructure due to widespread flooding could be a threat as we saw with Tropical Storm Ketsana last week. Travel in and out of Luzon may be hampered over the weekend and into early next week. We have been urging our clients to have a plan in place in the event they need to leave the area. Those that are remaining to ride out the storm should be prepared to be self sufficient, and fend for themselves for at least 72 hours if not longer.”
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