Typhoon Melor struck the Philippines
The typhoon was ranked as a Category 3 storm by the US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center which is located at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.
Typhoon Melor on 14 December 2015 struck the Philippines. The typhoon was ranked as a Category 3 storm by the US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center which is located at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.
The storm is expected to trigger flooding, landslides and 4 meter storm surges in the coastal region.
As a precaution, authorities evacuated about 750000 people in three provinces of the Central Philippines to protect people from torrential rain and high winds.
As per an estimate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison the wind speeds have reached 220 km/h speed when it hit the coast.
The typhoon is known locally as Typhoon Nona. The Philippines experiences approximately 20 typhoons annually.
Categorisation of Storms
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale categorizes storms based on their sustained wind speed and estimates property damage.
• Category 1: 74 to 95 mph, they can lead to some damage
• Category 2: 96 to 110 mph, they can cause extensive damage.
• Category 3: 111 to 129 mph, they can lead huge damage
• Category 4: 130 to 156 mph, they can cause catastrophic damage
• Category 5: 157 mph and higher, they can cause catastrophic damage
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