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Manila’s airport was shut for 12 hours and half a million people were evacuated as the typhoon swept through the archipelago, ripping roofs from houses and knocking down power lines.

About Typhoon
A typhoon is a mature tropical cyclone that develops between 180° and 100°E in the Northern Hemisphere. This region is referred to as the Northwestern Pacific Basin, and is the most active tropical cyclone basin on Earth, accounting for almost one-third of the world’s annual tropical cyclones. For organizational purposes, the northern Pacific Ocean is divided into three regions: the eastern (North America to 140°W), central (140°W to 180°), and western (180° to 100°E). The Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) for tropical cyclone forecasts is in Japan, with other tropical cyclone warning centers for the northwest Pacific in Hawaii (the Joint Typhoon Warning Center), the Philippines and Hong Kong. While the RSMC names each system, the main name list itself is coordinated among 18 countries that have territories threatened by typhoons each year.Within the northwestern Pacific, there are no official typhoon seasons as tropical cyclones form throughout the year. Like any tropical cyclone, there are a few main requirements for typhoon formation and development: (1) sufficiently warm sea surface temperatures, (2) atmospheric instability, (3) high humidity in the lower to middle levels of the troposphere, (4) enough Coriolis effect to develop a low pressure center, (5) a pre-existing low level focus or disturbance, and (6) a low vertical wind shear. While the majority of storms form between June and November, a few storms do occur between December and May (although tropical cyclone formation is at a minimum during that time). On average, the northwestern Pacific features the most numerous and intense tropical cyclones globally. Like other basins, they are steered by the subtropical ridge towards the west or northwest, with some systems recurving near and east of Japan. The Philippines receive the brunt of the landfalls, with China and Japan being impacted slightly less. Some of the deadliest typhoons in history have struck China. Southern China has the longest record of typhoon impacts for the region, with a thousand-year sample via documents within their archives. Taiwan has received the wettest known typhoon on record for the northwest Pacific tropical cyclone basins.

Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Destruction as It Powers Through …

About Kammuri

The aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi City, the capital of the Philippine province of Albay, on Tuesday.
The aftermath of Typhoon Kammuri in Legazpi City, the capital of the Philippine province of Albay, on Tuesday.Credit…Zalrian Sayat/EPA, via Shutterstock
  • Dec. 3, 2019Updated 4:43 a.m. ET

Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least one person was killed.

Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Destruction as It Powers Through …

Manila airport was ordered shut for 12 hours and nearly 500 flights were canceled. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day.

Kammuri is expected to hit Manila with intense, frequent rainfall overnight, the authorities have warned, leaving open the possibility that flooding could deluge the city and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people.

In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said the fierce winds caused more damage than the rain.

“Right now there’s no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it’s calm now,” he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.

The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense.

A man who was preparing his home for the storm was electrocuted and died when a damaged wire touched his galvanized metal roof, the Philippine National Police said.

Across the archipelago, officials said the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people from exposed areas had lessened the impact of the storm on civilians and prevented more deaths.

Still, the authorities warned of storm surges up to three feet and floods and landslides from the wind and rain in the mountainous countryside.

Across metropolitan Manila, government offices and schools were closed.

A sizable portion of the Philippine population lives along the coast and in low-lying areas, and the authorities have issued flood alerts for several regions, with the storm expected to strengthen slightly later Tuesday before starting to weaken.

Deadly landslides set off by typhoon rains could also affect more mountainous, rural areas.

The typhoon struck the Philippines as the nation hosted the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial sports event that draws top athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations.

The Games are scheduled to run through Dec. 11, and already several outdoor events have been canceled or postponed until later this week, when the typhoon is expected to move on. Sports like windsurfing, beach volleyball and canoe-kayak racing were either suspended or postponed, while others were held ahead of the storm’s arrival.

Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, is the 20th storm to hit the Philippines this year.

Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting.