Strong winds and high waves lashed the eastern Philippines on Monday, 19 April as the strongest typhoon ever recorded in April barrelled past in the Pacific Ocean, killing one man and triggering flooding in lower-lying communities, disaster officials said.
The national weather bureau issued a severe wind and heavy rainfall warning on Monday, saying ‘destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 110km from the centre of the storm.’
More than 100,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas, according to provincial disaster agencies.
The core of Surigae, or Bising as the storm is known locally, is not expected to hit land. But with a diameter of 500km and winds reaching 195km per hour, parts of the eastern islands of Samar experienced flooding, while several communities lost power.
The first super typhoon of 2021 foreshadows a busy storm season for the region in the year ahead, experts say.
‘Early indications are that the 2021 typhoon season will be at least average in activity, and possibly above average,’ US meteorologist Jeff Masters wrote in a post on Yale Climate Connections’ website, which reports daily on climate conditions.
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