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.
Typhoon Goni hits Luzon with devastation
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.
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.
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.
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.