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Old 17-10-2010, 23:11   #1
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Super Typhoon Mega Megi Hits Land

Wow - I wouldn't want to be cruising anywhere near this area at the moment - it struck the northern tip of the Philippines today.

The storm, dubbed a "super-typhoon" by government relief agencies, was moving southwest at 19 kilometres per hour, packing gusts of up to 260 kilometres per hour, the government weather station said.

That is over 140 Knots!

Super typhoon mega Megi hits land

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Old 18-10-2010, 00:40   #2
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My GF knows the Catholic priest at Calayan on the Babuyan Islands, immediately north of Luzon and in direct path of the typhoon. The good news is that the people there are learned survivors of typhoons, and there is minimal infrastracture to be lost. They have no telephones, no electricity beyond a few private-home generators, no highways, no bridges, no hospitals, etcetera, but they do have "hunkered down" residences. They are used to taking care of themselves.
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Old 18-10-2010, 01:09   #3
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Here in Cebu it's quite sheltered. Luzon to the north, Negros to the west, Samar to the east and Mindanao to the south.

This is the spot to be. The last major typhoon to smash into this island was in 1991 (they called it 'Roofing/Rooping?'), my girlfriend doesn't remember the spelling. Luzon gets a super typhoon every year at least, and 5-8 typhoons make landfall in a standard season, I believe.

Which is why, naturally, the majority of this country's infrastructure and tax money goes to Luzon. Don't put it somewhere like Cebu, where there are literally zero natural disasters. ::eyeroll::
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Presently on board here in Subic SBYC. We have had gusts up to about 30knts, yet little rain and now that the centre is overland near the Banaue rice terraces it is fairly calm here in Subic.

When a Typhoon tracks thru the Northern part of Luzon the high mountains block and dissipate the winds very effectively. In the last 2 hours it has gone from Cat 5 to 3.

I imagine as it crosses into the China sea, we will feel a bit more wind, but we are all very lucky that this howler (considered one of the largest since 1995) did not come roaring over the Vissaya sea or close to Manila, which is relatively low lying

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Glad to hear you guys are OK. That's a helluva storm!
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Presently on board here in Subic SBYC. We have had gusts up to about 30knts, yet little rain and now that the centre is overland near the Banaue rice terraces it is fairly calm here in Subic.

When a Typhoon tracks thru the Northern part of Luzon the high mountains block and dissipate the winds very effectively. In the last 2 hours it has gone from Cat 5 to 3.

I imagine as it crosses into the China sea, we will feel a bit more wind, but we are all very lucky that this howler (considered one of the largest since 1995) did not come roaring over the Vissaya sea or close to Manila, which is relatively low lying

http://icons-pe.wunderground.com/dat...5_sat_anim.gif
I was watching this on passageweather.com for the last week plus. I knew it was going to be a nasty one since last sunday..you just don't see big, purple eyes 100+ miles across like this one. I was surprised that the local newscasters didn't make anything of it until just a few days prior to landfall. The local meteorology service didn't have anything forecast until like wednesday, I think.

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Glad to hear you guys are OK. That's a helluva storm!
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With wind gusts of 260kmh, it was the strongest typhoon recorded anywhere in the world this year.

Complied data from government and Red Cross showed 27 people had been confirmed killed, mostly in the north of Luzon, up from a death toll of 19 on Wednesday.
Sure was a bit one.
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Sad news indeed - lets hope all our members in the area are safe and relatively sound.

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