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  • Super Typhoon Haima Blasts the Philippines, Next Stop China

    fixing-a-house-after-haima-via-yahoo-news Super Typhoon Haima Filipinos cleaning up after Super Typhoon Haima - via Yahoo News

    Super Typhoon Haima (or Lawin, as it is known locally) tore through the Philippines on Wednesday with sustained winds of up to 140 miles per hour. Haima was upgraded to super typhoon status just before it reached the northern part of the main island of Luzon. Over 10 million people were in Haima’s path, yet only seven people were killed. In comparison, Super typhoon Haiyan in 2013 killed more than 7,350 people. Haima is the second typhoon to hit the Philippines in a week, and the seventh Category 5 storm of 2016.

    The Philippines is now reeling from Haima’s effects, including flooding, mudslides, and power outages. The Philippines sees an average of 20 typhoons a year, but Haima certainly left its mark on the locals.

    “This is the strongest typhoon I have ever seen,” said one 60-year-old villager.

    Typhoon Haima is now on its way across the South China Sea towards South East China. Typhoon Sarika, which hit the Philippines a week ago, also dumped more than 10 inches of rain in parts of China as it passed. Already saturated with water, China expects more damage and flooding from Haima.

    haima-track-through-sunday-via-accuweather Super Typhoon Haima Typoon Haima's predicted path - via AccuWeather

    Typhoon Haima looks to weaken to a Category 2 storm by the time it reaches landfall on China’s shores on Friday, making it much less intense than the super typhoon it was as it blew through the Philippines. Still, severe flooding is expected, and “roads and bridges could become destroyed, isolating some communities,” according to AccuWeather.

    Haima shouldn’t post too much of a threat to Hong Kong, but will bring high risk further East. As far as Haima’s typhoon status is concerned, things should be winding down by the end of Sunday. The Pacific typhoon season goes through December, however most of the tropical cyclones occur between May and October, so things should start winding down for those affected in the Pacific.

     

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  • Hurricane Matthew Strongest in Decades

    Hurricane Matthew is heading for Florida, and when it makes landfall, it could bring “massive destruction that we haven’t seen in years,” according to Florida governor Rick Scott.

    Hurricane Matthew Path The predicted path for Hurricane Matthew

    According to CNN, Hurricane Matthew could hit Florida as soon as Thursday night. All of Florida is under a state of emergency in preparation for the hurricane. On Tuesday night, cars lined up at gas stations to fill their tanks before the storm hits. CNN reported one station had cars waiting but no gas to give. Georgia and the Carolinas are also under a state of emergency for at least some counties.

    In a press conference, Scott warns that the waves will be crashing upon rooftops for those near the surge areas, and that everyone in an evacuation zone needs to evacuate immediately. "This storm will kill you," he said. "Time is running out." The Weather Network hails Hurricane Matthew as one of the strongest storms to hit Florida in recent decades.

    Hurricane Matthew out of stock food Dried and canned goods were nearly out of stock more than 24 hours before Hurricane Matthew hit Florida - image via The Weather Network

    Hurricane Matthew is a Category 4 storm, according to Fox News, and was even a Category 5 for a brief stint and could still reach that strength before landfall. The storm’s intensity could still fluctuate as it approaches the mainland, but remember, even Category 1 hurricanes can cause massive damage. As a reference, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 when it came ashore in New Jersey.

    Hurricane Matthew has already made its way through Haiti and Cuba, wreaking havoc as it stormed by. According to The Weather Network, some areas were smashed by 24-foot waves, not to mention “high winds, strong storm surge and torrential downpour.”

    Twitter showed the world the immense destruction that some areas were afflicted with.

     

     

    In Haiti, Fidele Nicolas told AP that Hurricane Matthew was the worst he’s seen in his lifetime. Where Nicolas lives, many homes were severely damaged and others washed away in the raging floods.

    Hurricane Matthew in-haiti Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in Haiti - via Fox61

    Hurricane Matthew has brought about the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake, which left more than 200,000 people dead. Thanks to Hurricane Matthew, initial reports suggest that more than 10,000 people are living in shelters, and hospitals are even running out of clean water.

    Thursday could be the earliest the mainland sees Hurricane Matthew. Since the time of its arrival is fast approaching, the time for preparation has all but passed.

     

    How did you prepare to meet Hurricane Matthew? What would you have done differently? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Hurricane Hermine Strikes Florida Following a Decade-Long Drought

    Hurricane Hermine Flood Hurricane Hermine - via BBC

    It happened. After a decade of relative calm, Florida was hit by a hurricane.

    Despite only being classified as a Category 1, Hurricane Hermine did some big damage, cutting off power for over 250,000 people in Florida. Despite the widespread power loss, NBC reported nothing was life threatening as far as damage was concerned.

    Flooding in Florida has turned the roads into dangers. One region received more than 9 inches of rain from Tuesday before Hermine even made landfall. After Hurricane Hermine has since weakened into a tropical storm, but major flooding – including flash floods and river floods – threaten parts of Georgia and the Carolinas.

     

     

    Even though Hurricane Hermine has been downgraded into a tropical storm, it’s still dangerous with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour. CNN thinks it could even stall off the East Coast for days once it passes the Carolinas.

    According to Rick Knabb, hurricane center Director, “the most frequent cause of life…is from inland flooding due to heavy rainfall.” So just because there is no longer a hurricane doesn’t mean the threat is over. Be aware of the watches and warnings issued for your region. And if there is flooding, stay away. “Turn around, don’t drown” is NOAA’s slogan when it comes to floods. Remember, even just 6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off his feet, and 12 inches can carry away a car.

    Hurricane Hermine is expected to continue travelling up the coast and should reach Boston by Monday, if it makes it that far. This will increase the flood risk of all coastal states due to rain and storm surges. If you live along that route, make sure you have the necessary gear and supplies in case you need to weather the storm. If you’re not in that area, then now’s a great time to prepare for another disaster that could come your way without warning.

     

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