Pacific storm intensifies into a super typhoon at the beginning of the year

Manila — Strong winds and high waves struck the eastern Philippines on Monday, with strong typhoons passing through the Pacific Ocean, killing a man and causing floods in lowland communities, disaster officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a strong wind and heavy rain warning on Monday, stating that “a destructive typhoon strong wind is spreading outward 110 km (68.35 miles) from the center of the storm.”

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas, according to state disaster agencies.

Surigae’s core, or Bising, known locally for storms, is not expected to hit land. However, when the diameter reached 500 km and the wind speed reached 195 km, floods struck some of the eastern islands of Samar Island, causing some communities to lose power.

According to experts, the first super typhoon in 2021 foresaw the busy stormy season in the region.

“The early signs are that the activity of the 2021 typhoon season is at least average and probably above average,” said US meteorologist Jeff Masters, who reports daily on climatic conditions at Yale Climate Connections. Posted on the website of.

According to atmospheric scientists, data show that in different parts of the world, storms called typhoons, cyclones, or hurricanes are intensifying due to warmer waters.

“The fuel for these storms is the warm waters,” said Ann Clare Fontan, a scientist at the World Meteorological Organization based in Geneva.

Warm air retains more moisture and allows strong winds to rain more. In particular, the water quality of the western Pacific Ocean is higher than the world average, making it a fertile land suitable for large storms such as Surigae. There are more storms in this region than in any other part of the world, more than 70% of which occur during the peak season of July-October.

A 79-year-old man from Southern Leyte, Philippines, was confirmed dead after being attacked by a windthrow and one was missing, disaster officials said.

In the Philippines, tropical cyclones occur about 20 times a year. Last year, the strongest typhoon of the year, Goni, struck the country with a gust of 310 km / h, killing 25 people and forcing more than 345,000 to evacuate.

Meanwhile, Taiwan hopes that storms will bring the rain that has been coveted to mitigate the drought, and people are using social media to welcome it. However, it has turned from Taiwan to the Pacific Ocean and is expected to rain only in the northern part of the island later this week.

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Karen Lema