As of this writing super-typhoon Goni (codenamed “Rolly” in the Philippines) hit land in Bato, Catanduanes in the Philippines’ east coast. The storm is packing winds of 225 kph accompanied by 280 kph gusts. It is moving southwest at 25 kph in the direction of Mindoro island.
According to projections issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the storm may change course midway and follow a northwestern pathway through Metro Manila, the Philippines’ most populous metropolis.
Discover Magazine reports, “After landfall early on Sunday local time, the rugged terrain in the storm’s path should sap its strength. Even so, it will still ‘bring very destructive typhoon-force winds,’ according to PAGASA. Torrential rainfall, flooding and flash flooding, and landslides are also expected.”
For now, PAGASA is monitoring river basins in Cagayan and the Bicol region reporting that Naga City is at risk of possible flooding as well as areas with poor drainage systems.
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