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Typhoon Kammuri barrels closer to the Philippines

Scott Morris, Sunday December 1, 2019 - 13:04 EDT

Presently, Typhoon Kammuri is located approximately 600km North of Palau and still over 1000km from the east coast of the Philippines. The system is tracking west at about 24 km/h.

Kammuri has a central pressure of 955 hPa with sustained winds of 120km/h and gusts of about 150km/h near it's centre, creating waves of almost 9m.

Interestingly, this typhoon has been given two different names. Officially, it is known as Typhoon Kammuri, but is locally called Typhoon Tisoy. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) traditionally assigns the names of Tropical Cyclones within the northwestern Pacific Ocean. However, if the cyclone enters the area of responsibility of the Philippines, the Phllippine Administration (PAGASA) will also assign a name to the Tropical Cyclone.

Despite the split naming, there is no disagreement as to the threat that this system poses. Kammuri is expected to reach the Philippines, making landfall around Legazpi, in the morning of Tuesday 3rd (AEDT). As it approaches the coast, the system should boast 175 km/h sustained winds, gusting 210 km/h near it's centre. These wind speeds are very dangerous and could cause extensive damage and power outages.

The rainfall is expected to most significantly impact southeastern parts of Luzon, the northernmost island of the Philippines. However, widespread falls of 150mm could extend to other parts of the island. Isolated falls of over 200mm are possible, with flooding a serious concern for certain areas.

As it crosses the land boundary, Kammuri should begin to weaken, with the system moving into the South China Sea by Thursday and weakening further to Tropical Depression intensity by Friday.

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