Typhoon “Sarika” is making landfall in the Visayas, the central region of the Philippines on October 15, 2016 with maximum sustained winds near 166 km/h (103 mph).
At 09:00 UTC, the system was located about 311 km (193 miles) east of Manila, and tracking west-northwest at 12.9 km/h (8 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Sarika is expected to cross over Luzon, the northern Philippines during the day, and continue moving into the South China Sea.
Typhoon “Sarika” approaching the Philippines, October 15, 2016. Image credit: NASA/Suomi NPP/VIIRS
Typhoon Sarika, October 15, 2016, 12:30 UTC. Image credit: UW-CIMSS
Typhoon Sarika making landfall in the Philippines, October 15, 2016. Image credit: NASA
According to meteorologists from Westpacwx, the storm is expected to lash most of central and south Luzon with heavy rainfall and damaging winds. Landslides are also possible in higher elevations.
Public storm warning signal #3 is currently in effect in the Luzon provinces of Pangasinan, Northern Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, and Northern Quezon, including Polilio Island, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino.
Public storm warning signal #2 is in effect in the Luzon provinces of Ilocos Sur, Southern Isabela, Mt Province, Ifugao, Rest of Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.
Public storm signal #1 is in force in the Luzon provinces of Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Rest of Isabela, Southern Apayao, Southern Cagayan, Oriental Mindoro, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Marinduque, Camarines Sur, and Albay, including Burias Island.
Typhoon “Sarika” 5-day forecast track. Image credit: JTWC
New threat – Tropical Storm “Haima”
Tropical Storm “Haima” was officialy designated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) this morning, October 15.
The system will travel west-northwest, and become more northwesterly in the midst of its track, which will take it extremely close to northern Luzon.
At the time it is expected to develop into a Category 4 hurricane, and residents of western Micronesia and the Philippines are advised to monitor the storm closely.
Featured image credit: NOAA, JMA/Himawari