Typhoon Sarika slammed into the northeastern Philippines early local time Sunday, leaving at least two dead and some 15,000 displaced.

Water Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Democratic Republic of the Congo | Français, State of Vatican City (Holy See) | Italiano, flooding also halted services on the north-south railway line. Forecasts called for Typhoon Haima to make landfall in northern Luzon on October 19 (local time). Flight Center, United Press International (2016, October 17), Weather Underground's WunderBlog (2016, October 17). Use escape to clear. According to news reports, flooding from heavy rains in Vietnam preceding the arrival of Sarika has killed dozens of people. By DAVE ORNAUER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 14, 2016. Open job opportunities in the humanitarian field. All Rights Reserved. MANILA • The Philippines is facing what could be "the most damaging" storm this year as Typhoon Sarika headed for the archipelago's heavily populated main island, officials said yesterday. In the northern mountain province of Benguet, 16 mountaineers were reportedly stranded on Mount Pulag. The category 3 storm swept over the Philippines on August 12, 2013. How Winter Fashion Has Changed in 100 Years (PHOTOS), Eerie Vintage Photos of People Battling the Flu. "Roofs of some houses were ripped off, there were fallen trees. Haima formed south of Guam on Oct. 14, 2016. 9 Ways to Tell the Difference. Quang Binh province is most affected by rain and flooding, according to the Wall Street Journal. 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, Philippines time: A new tropical depsression, the 24th numbered storm of the northwest Pacific’s tropical cyclone season, has formed some 600 miles east of Manila and is forecast to burrow across the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon in the coming days, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Publci Storm Warning Signal 1 remains in effect for Metro Manila and the former Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Station, with PSWS Signal 3 raised for Catanduanes and PSWS Signal 2 for other areas in Sarika’s direct path. After passing through the Philippines, Sarika is expected to pick up the pace as it travels west across the warm waters of the South China Sea towards Vietnam. If it remains on its initial JTWC forecast track, 24W should pass 105 miles north of the former Clark Air Base and 139 miles north of the former Subic Bay Naval Station as a Category 1-equivalent typhoon or severe tropical storm. At 8 a.m., Sarika – called Karen in the Philippines – was 138 miles north-northwest of Manila, tracking west-northwest at 22 mph, packing 92-mph sustained winds and 115-mph gusts at center.

It’s also due to skim the northern edges of the Visayas island group. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.

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5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Philippines time: The areas where the just-completed exercise PHILBEX 2016 took place may soon come under assault from Ma Nature, in the form of Tropical Depression 24W, in the coming days, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. In addition to Tropical Storm Sarika (Helen) bearing down on the islands, a tropical cyclone formation alert was issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center on a disturbance (94W Invest), forming south of Guam but projected to track northwest between the Philippines and Taiwan in a week or so. Human Presence 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Philippines time: Sarika has intensified into a Category 2-equivalent typhoon, its forecast track has wobbled closer to Manila and the former Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Station and its forecast intensity has increased as well, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. With winds of up to 115mph, Sarika is expected hit the country as a category 3 storm, bringing huge amounts of rain, which could cause landslides and flooding, and storm surges of up to two metres above normal levels. Typhoon Sarika slammed ashore early Sunday morning near Aurora on the east coast with Category 4-equivalent winds and heavy rain bombarding central Luzon as it continues west. Caption by Kathryn Hansen. According to news reports, flooding from heavy rains in Vietnam preceding the arrival of Sarika has killed dozens of people. Meanwhile, people in the Philippines braced for a second powerful storm to hit within the span of one week. Public Storm Warning Signal 3 has been lowered. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The national meteorological agency estimates that Sarika will make landfall in the Aurora Quezon area as an equivalent of Category 2 cyclone early Sunday, 16 October. At 1:10 p.m. local time (05:10 Universal Time) on October 15, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Typhoon Sarika bearing down on the Philippines. Recently searched locations will be displayed if there is no search query. At least two people were killed after Typhoon Sarika made landfall in the Philippines early Sunday. The first option will be automatically selected. (ECHO, 20 Dec 2016).

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