Super Typhoon "Haima" leaves a trail of destruction in Philippines

Super Typhoon

Typhoon "Haima," known in the Philippines as Lawin, slammed into Cagayan Province around 19:00 UTC on October 19, 2016 (03:00 PHT on October 20) as a Category 4 hurricane equivalent and trailed over northern Luzon killing at least 13 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes. Haima is the 12th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and comes just days after deadly Sarika. The yearly average is 20.

The entire province of Cagayan lost power as Haima slammed the island with winds of 225 km/h (140 mph) and gusts up to 315 km/h (195 mph). 

Cagayan Governor Manual Mamba told reporters that entire province suffered destruction. "Almost every house here has been damaged," he said.

Two of those killed, aged 16 and 17, died when a landslide hit their house in Ifugao. Two other were buried in a shanty in another mountainous region, the disaster risk council's division in the northern Philippines reported.

Schools and businesses were closed and almost 100 000 of people evacuated before the storm.

At 15:00 UTC on October 20, the center of Typhoon "Haima" was located approximately 448 km (242 miles) SE of Hong Kong, and has tracked NW at 26 km/h (16 mph) over the past 6 hours. 

Haima's maximum sustained winds are now 157 km/h (98 mph), which barely makes it a Category 2 hurricane equivalent.

Haima is moving towards its final landfall, expected just east of Hong Kong within the next 18 hours, JTWC said.

Typhoon Haima forecast track by JTWC at 15:00 UTC on October 20, 2016

Typhoon "Haima" forecast track by JTWC at 15:00 UTC on October 20, 2016

Typhoon "Haima" at 12:00 UTC on October 20, 2016. Credit: JTWC/SATOPS

Haima's outer bands are rotating into Hong Kong, bringing devastating flash floods.

Featured image: Typhoon "Haima" impacts the northern Philippines on October 19, 2016. Image copyright: James Reynolds (via Twitter)

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