Typhoon Haima: Deluged Philippines in the eye of Super Typhoon once again
A Super Typhoon is bearing down on the flood-hit Philippines with winds up to 275kmh forecast to hit its northern coast in the next 12 to 24 hours.
Forecasters on Wednesday morning (NZT) upgraded Typhoon Haima to a category 5, the strongest possible, warning residents in the typhoon-friendly northern island of Luzon to brace for extreme winds and heavy rainfall that could trigger landslides in the mountainous region.
As many as 2.7 million people are expected to be affected by the typhoon across seven Filipino provinces, a week after Typhoon Sarika caused deadly flooding.
"Since this storm is very strong where, or if, it makes landfall in the Philippines will be very important, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said.
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"The area around the centre will have extreme damage from the winds as well as a significant storm surge."
Haima, Earth's seventh category 5 typhoon in 2016, is expected to veer northwest and hit the Chinese coast by Saturday morning (NZT).
"Current projections take the storm into eastern Guangdong province, to the east of Hong Kong, but we will keep a close eye on Hong Kong in the coming days as some models take the storm fairly close," Ward said.
Accuweather warned wind gusts could exceed 275 kmh causing major damage to areas in Haima's path.
Powerful winds in combination with the torrential rain will down trees, and may cause widespread power outages that could linger well after the storm has passed, Accuweather said.
Some places across Luzon received over 400mm of rain when Sarika moved through a short time ago, further increasing the risk for major flooding across the region with the possibility of another 300mm falling near Haima's centre.
Super Typhoon Meranti, Earth's most violent storm since Haiyan, hit the Philippines, China and Taiwan last month killing 20 and causing widespread damage.
Typhoon Sarika killed two in the Philippines last week and made landfall as a down-graded tropical storm on the Chinese coast on Wednesday morning (NZT).