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Intensification of Super Typhoon Noru could pose an “extreme threat” to the Philippines


Emergency officials in the Philippines are on high alert as a rapidly intensifying tropical storm known as Super Typhoon Noru approaches the main island, with weather officials warning of a possible “extreme threat” to life and property. .

In the capital Manila, rescuers were preparing rubber boats and life jackets on Sunday, with the typhoon expected to make landfall later that day. Authorities began evacuating people from coastal areas.

The typhoon is forecast to bring large waves, torrential rain and wind gusts of up to 127 miles per hour to the northern island of Luzon over the next 24 hours.

“Under these conditions, scattered or widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas that are highly or very susceptible to these hazards as identified on hazard maps and in localities with a significant history of precipitation,” the weather office said in its report. final warning.

The weather bureau also forecast “a high to very high risk” of storm surges of about 10 feet or more in low-lying, exposed coastal areas of northern Quezon, including Polillo and Aurora Islands.

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Noru, also known locally as Super Typhoon Karding, is one of many tropical storms set to hit the Philippines this year. The capital and northern provinces are recovering from a cyclone last month that caused flooding and landslides and killed three people, according to Reuters.

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Scientists say global warming is increasing the intensity of storms, leading to more frequent and severe weather events globally.

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One of the strongest storms to hit Canada slammed into the Nova Scotia coast on Saturday, leaving much of Nova Scotia and nearly all of Prince Edward Island without power. Former Hurricane Fiona is Canada’s lowest pressure landfalling storm on record, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centerwhich also reported hurricane-force gusts hitting the area.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm known as Ian slammed into the central Caribbean, a journey weather experts say could culminate in a collision with Florida on Thursday as a hurricane.

Noru is forecast to reach a Category 5 typhoon at its peak, posing an “extreme threat to life and property,” weather officials said.

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Matthew Cappucci, Selena Ross, and Sydney Page contributed to this report.

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