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11/26/2007

Typhoon Mina pounds Isabela

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TYPHOON MINA: Satellite image of ‘Mina’ (international codename: Mitag) as of 5am, Monday. Photo from PAGASA

Typhoon Mina (international codename Mitag) accelerated and made landfall over Palanan, Isabela late Sunday night and is threatening other provinces in Northern Luzon. The typhoon also threatened Northern and Central Luzon, particularly the Cagayan Valley region. The typhoon was moving northwest at 13 kms per hour with sustained winds of 160 kph and gustiness of up to 195 kph. Mina was expected to cross extreme Northern Luzon Sunday night into this morning. It was forecast to be 140 kms northwest of Aparri, Cagayan tonight. PAGASA forecast the typhoon to be 200 kms northwest of Aparri Tuesday evening. The typhoon is expected to be 110 kms north of Basco by Wednesday. Another weather disturbance threatened to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility Sunday even before typhoon Mina made landfall over Northern and Central Luzon. The weather disturbance was named Nonoy and is expected to be within the PAR in three to four days. Nonoy might join with typhoon Lando (international codename Hagibis) before it exits via the Philippine Sea toward Japan. Lando, meanwhile, is expected to re-enter the country and hit Palawan on Tuesday. Lando's movement is being affected by Mina's due to the Fujiwhara effect. The Fujiwhara effect is brought about by the interaction between two tropical cyclones at an appreciable distance, usually when two storm formations are within 15 degrees of each other. "We will evacuate those at risk from storm surges and flash floods. These typhoons are moving slow. They will be dumping a lot of rain."
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