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Typhoon Parma Update 10-3 — Why Now?
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Typhoon Parma Update 10-3

Typhoon ParmaPosition: 18.9 N 120.1 E [10 PM 0300 UTC].
Movement: West [280°] near 8 mph [13 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 75 mph [120 kph].
Wind Gusts: 90 mph [150 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 110 miles [175 km].
Hurricane Wind Radius: 15 miles [25 km].
Minimum central pressure: 975 mb.

It is 290 miles [465 km] North of Manila, Philippines. The storm is back over the water and the steering currents are muddled. The forecast is for slowing and a turn to the North.

Its slow approach and interaction with the mountains disrupted the storm, so it came ashore as a category one storm. The fact that it had been a category 4 pushed the government to implement wide scale evacuations which should save lives. It is a small storm which limits its destruction, and it hit the island on the northern side of its track guidance, further away from population centers than predicted. There have already been deaths associated with the storm, and there are likely to be more from the rains and mudslides,

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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