Super Typhoon Karding puts the Philippines on red alert as Noru approaches

Super Typhoon Karding puts the Philippines on red alert as Noru approaches
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The storm, known locally as Super Typhoon Karding, reached super typhoon status on Sunday morning local time in the Philippines after suddenly intensifying.

“The highest emergency preparedness and response protocol has been activated in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and the Bicol region,” the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said.

He urged the public to be careful, adding that strong winds are expected in the next 18 hours.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the northern part of Quezon or the southern part of Aurora at night, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a live hourly television bulletin.

He said that he does not rule out making landfall earlier in the Polillo Islands in the afternoon.

Schools in several cities, including the city of Muntinlupa and Aurora, suspended classes on Monday, September 26, due to the approaching storm.

The forecast path of Super Typhoon Noru.

According to CNN Weather, Noru now has winds equivalent to a Category 5 US hurricane.

It is expected to bring large waves and storm surge, torrential rain and winds of more than 200 kph (124 mph) to Luzon during the next 24 hours.

PAGASA issued a level four warning signal for the Polillo Islands in anticipation of the extensive damage the storm could cause.

The warning comes after the storm rapidly intensified in the early hours of Sunday.

A satellite image released by NASA on Saturday shows Typhoon Noru approaching the Philippines.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center said it had strengthened from a 140 kph (85 mph) typhoon to a 250 kph (155 mph) super typhoon in just six hours.

PAGASA has also issued level two and three warnings for much of Luzon, including the greater Manila area.

Tropical storm Talas leaves two dead in Japan

Meanwhile, the authorities of Japan said on Sunday that two people had died in landslides caused by Tropical Storm Talas.

One person is missing after their car fell into a river, the Shizuoka prefectural government said.

Timber and debris washed up by Tropical Storm Talas in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on September 2.  24, 2022.

The prefecture recorded its heaviest daily rainfall on record, including a record rainfall of 416.5 mm (over 16 inches) in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

During the downpour, the prefecture urged 1.2 million households, roughly 3 million people, to evacuate.

More than 1,000 houses and a large number of roads in the prefecture were flooded, he said, adding that several bridges collapsed.

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