Typhoon Kammuri is rapidly intensifying and is expected to approach the Philippines through the weekend. The monster storm could deliver dangerous impacts during the first week of December.
Metdesk company WXCharts tweeted: “Typhoon #Kammuri is headed directly for the Philippines after the weekend, potentially as a super typhoon, just as the SEA Games kick off.
“Devastating wind speeds over 150mph are possible upon landfall, alongside over 400mm of rainfall in places.”
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) echoed Kammuri could become a super typhoon.
In a statement, the council said: “There is the possibility of Kammuri intensifying into a super typhoon.”
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A super typhoon is a cyclone reaching winds of at least 150mph and is the equivalent of a major hurricane.
Kammuri, called Tisoy by locals, is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday.
The intense storm may bring continuous heavy rains over Luzon and eastern Visayas which could cause flooding and landslides in coming days.
In an advisory, NDRRMC said Kammuri will bring “heavy damage to high-risk structures, unroof houses made of medium-strength materials, damage shrubbery, break or uproot large trees, and topple electric posts”.
Storm surge is also possible in coastal areas, NDRRMC said.
The council noted the typhoon is following a similar track to previous typhoons Reming (2006) and Glenda (2014).
Reming resulted in at least 734 deaths, while Glenda caused 106 deaths.
Kammuri is also comparable to Typhoon Durian in December 2006, which killed more than 730 people.
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State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said Kammuri was last spotted approximately 885 miles east of Visayas while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 81mph near the centre.
PAGASA also reported gusts of 99mph had been recorded.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Adam Douty said Kammuri could start impacting the Philippines on Saturday.
He said: “A front moving through the waters just north of Kammuri will bring some wind shear to the region into Saturday, which will likely inhibit strengthening for a short time.
“It is likely that Kammuri could impact the Philippines as a powerful typhoon early next week.”
Rough seas will be expected in the South China Sea during the middle of next week.
There could also be more development east of Guam this weekend or early next week.
Another system located behind Kammuri could be quite significant should the same areas of the Philippines be affected by two tropical systems within one week.
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