Typhoon Rammasun Takes on the Western Pacific

Typhoon Rammasun Takes on the Western Pacific

Known to locals as ‘Glenda’, Typhoon Rammasun is the first typhoon to hit the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. Rammasun officially made landfall near Legazpi City on Tuesday, July 15, with sustained winds reaching as high as 105 mph. Atleast 20 people have been killed, and more than 420,000 were forced to evacuate throughout the country. Fortunately, the storm passed just South of the country’s capital of Manila, whose population is more than 12 million. After making landfall, Rammasun weakened from a Category 2 to Category 1 storm.

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Satellite image of Rammasun, showing Rapu-Rapu Island in the center of the eye on Tuesday, July 15. Photo credit: NOAA/MTSAT

As Rammasun heads toward southern China and Vietnam, it is expected to regain strength as a Category 3 storm. Landfall is anticipated to take place early Friday morning for the Chinese island of Hainan.

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