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Typhoon Goni Devastated Regions In The Philippines

At least ten are dead and a swath of destruction has been left behind

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George Buid
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An independent photojournalist of the Philippines capturing life as it passes by. He contributes to different news outlet and press publications.

PHILIPPINES. Bicol: The super Typhoon Goni downgraded to a tropical storm on the evening of 1 Nov. The storm made landfall in the lower regions of Luzon, leaving behind a trail of destruction in different areas.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported Typhoon Goni crossed land through Camarines Sur at 10:00 AM of 1 Nov. with a wind speed of 215 kph. The storm weakened to wind speeds of 65 kph at 4:00 AM on 2 Nov. as it left Zambales.

Three women in the middle of Roxas Blvd as typhoon Goni approaches Luzon.
Photo credit: George Buid ©01 Nov 2020

Typhoon Goni hits Luzon with devastation

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Typhoon Goni made landfall four times in regions of Luzon on 1 Nov. It arrived in Catanduanes at 4:50 AM, Albay at 7:20 AM, Quezon province at noon, and Batangas at 5:30 PM. The provincial areas were also not spared destruction from Goni´s winds.

Strong winds knocked down trees and electric posts, which blocked roads and pathways. Rain caused floods to villages (barangays) and landslides in the mountain areas. It left ten people reported dead and three missing in Albay.

Clearing operations in Naga City after typhoon Goni made landfall.
Photo credit: Local Government Unit of Naga City ©2020
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Police officers and local government response teams cleared pathways and blockages as the typhoon departed. Local government officials checked the affected areas and assessed the damage. “Siruma is stable now and Mayor Karen Polinga conducts an area visitation to check her constituents,” an official representative of Siruma in Camarines Sur told Transcontinental Times.

Local government officials with Mayor Karen Polinga inspect the damage in Barangay (village) Salvacion.
Photo credit: Local Government Unit of Siruma, Camarines Sur ©2020

A new typhoon is on approach

The Philippines is located in the northern hemisphere approximately 1,445.99 km above the equator. The country experiences an average of 20 storms a year within the typhoon belt. Therefore, unsurprisingly, a new storm is already following on the heels of Goni.

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Typhoon Goni is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on 3 Nov. at 2:00 AM. However, PAGASA reported Typhoon Atsani (Siony) was 850 km off Northern Luzon on 2 Nov. at 4:00 AM. The new typhoon currently has wind speeds of 65 kph and is following the same path as the previous storm.

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