Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) rapidly intensified into Super Typhoon near the Philippines

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Typhoon "Noul" has rapidly intensified overnight and has now reached Super Typhoon status packing winds of up to 259 km/h (161 mph) and wind gusts up to 314 km/h (195 mph) near Luzon, Philippines. Landfall is expected near Aparri. Noul is known as Dodong in the Philippines. 

In their 00:00 UTC update today, PAGASA said Typhoon "Dodong" has accelerated and intensified as it moves closer to Sta. Ana Pt., Cagayan. Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 150 km (93 miles) diameter of the typhoon. 

At the time, this system was 140 km (87 miles) East Southeast of Tuguegarao City. The agency estimated wind speeds of 185 km/h (114 mph) near the center and gustiness of up to 220 km/h (136 mph)

It is expected to make landfall over Sta. Ana Pt., Cagayan this afternoon or early evening (local time on May 10), and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Tuesday morning (May 12).

Super Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) on May 10, 2015. Image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS.

PAGASA raised Public Storm Warning Signals in the following areas:

Signal No. 1:

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  • Rest of Aurora
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Quirino

Signal No. 2:

  • Northern Aurora
  • Kalinga
  • Mt. Province
  • Ifugao
  • Apayao

Signal No. 3:

  • Rest of Cagayan
  • Isabela

Signal No. 4:

  • Northeastern Cagayan
  • Batanes
  • Babuyan and Calayan Islands

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with Public Storm Warning Signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 2.0 meters (6.5 feet) are possible over Gonzagaand Sta. Ana Cagayan.

Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon.

It is advised to refrain from outdoor activities particularly along beaches of the eastern section of Isabela and Cagayan today (May 10).

Philstar reports the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has directed all attached line agencies, including the military and the police, to further strengthen NDRRMC’s overall pre-disaster preparations for possible disastrous impact of the typhoon.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed disaster response teams, equipment and supplies to disaster-prone provinces in Luzon and Eastern Visayas threatened by Dodong.

Super Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) forecast track by JTWC on May 10, 2015.

JTWC said animated multispectral satellite imagery depicts a sharp well-defined 31-km (19-mile) eye, surrounded by an intense convective core structure that has become slightly elongated. Land interaction along the northeastern tip of Luzon will inhibit further development, they added.

The combined effects of increasing vertical wind shear and decreasing sea surface temperatures will rapidly weaken the system as it accelerates northeastward. The system will begin extra-tropical transition on Tuesday, May 12.

Satellite animations

Featured image credit: Super Typhoon "Noul" (Dodong) on May 10, 2015. Image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS.

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