By Matichon and Reuters published by CNA
WITH Typhoon Noru (Karding) having turned into a super typhoon since last evening as it heads for the Philippines, the Thai Meteorological Department warned it will bring heavy to very heavy rain with strong winds during Sept. 28-30, 2022.
The category 3 typhoon will be making a landfall in central Vietnam during Sept. 27-28 and it is possible it will move to northeastern Thailand around Mukdahan and Ubon Ratchathani provinces leading to this region getting very heavy downpour accompanied by strong wind.
After that Noru will spread to lower Northern, Central and Eastern regions as well as Bangkok and its vicinity with the impact to last till Sept. 30. There is a danger of floods on hillslopes, near waterways and marshy areas.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration posted a warning for city residents to prepare for the super typhoon today with the torrential rain to cover 80% of the metropolis.
Moreover during Sept. 27-29 the southwesterly monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand will intensify causing strong waves in the Andaman Sea and upper part of the gulf with these reaching two to three metres high. When there is a thunderstorm they will surge higher than three metres. Sailors are urged to proceed with caution and small boats stay ahore.
Meanwhile the Philippine authorities started evacuating people from coastal areas today and hundreds were unable to travel by sea as the main island Luzon, including Manila, braced for the category 3 typhoon that continues to strengthen, officials said.
Typhoon Noru became a super typhoon “after a period of explosive intensification”, with sustained winds increasing to 185kmh from 120 kmh on Saturday evening, the Philippine disaster agency said in an advisory.
“Hopefully, this typhoon moves fast, although it brings strong winds,” said disaster agency spokesperson Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro. Authorities are on alert for landslides, flooding and destructive winds, he said.
The Philippine Coast Guard said more than 1,200 passengers and 28 vessels were stranded in ports south of the capital.
Noru was moving westward and likely to emerge over the South China Sea by late Sunday or early Monday.
The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,600 islands, sees an average of 20 tropical storms a year.
Top: A satellite image showing Super Typhoon Noru’s eyewall starting to affect the Philippines’ Polillo Islands . Image Rappler.com
First insert: A map showing Noru’s path over the next few days. Credit Accuweather
Second insert and Front Page: The scene in the Polillo islands – landslides and flash floods are expected. Photo: Reuters and published by BBC