Typhoon Utor Hits Philippines, Nearing China

This week is just the start of an expected rough week in the Hong Kong area and southern China. Super Typhoon Utor, the strongest typhoon that the planet has had this year, made landfall early Monday on eastern Luzon, an island in the Philippines. A typhoon is a hurricane in the region of the Indian or western Pacific oceans.

Satellite imagery of Utor as its leaving the Philippines Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Satellite imagery of Utor as it was leaving the Philippines
Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

In Luzon area of the Philippines, there were multiple casualties as well as a trail of destruction as this super typhoon, with its 124 mph winds, wreaked havoc over homes and anything that stood in its way.

An evening before Utor Credit: John Seb Barber

An evening before Utor
Credit: John Seb Barber

One of the hardest hit areas in the Philippines was Casiguran, which had 80% of its infrastructure annihilated. In total, more than 30,000 families were displaced as well as causing landslides and floods that disrupted power and communications.

Fast Fact: An average of 20 typhoons hit the Southeast Asia country every year, but only a couple of them cause serious damage.

After Luzon, the typhoon picked up its strength on its way towards Hong Kong and China. Hong Kong has now raised its No. 8 tropical cyclone signal, which is its third highest alert level, in preparation for the oncoming typhoon.

When this signal is raised, the standard protocol requires that all financial markets, schools, businesses and non-essential government services be closed. Airports have also been forced to cancel and delay flights because of winds being 76 mph and the typhoon still being a day or so away — taking off and landing would be dangerous. China’a southern coastline remains on high alert as the typhoon edges closer in the next couple of days.

Check out this video from John Seb Barber (via Flickr) about the affects of typhoons:

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For more information on Hong Kong’s tropical cyclone signals, click here.

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-The WeatherBug Team



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