Major hurricane direct hit on Manila megacity

The Manila metro area is in the expected track of a large hurricane (“Hagupit”) that peaked at Cat 5.

Storm surge and winds will have somewhat subsided by the time it hits Manila but the storm is moving slowly and producing enormous rainfall rates over a large area. Severe disruption can be anticipated.

The Manila metropolitan area has, by some measures, a population of 20 million. The worst of the rain impact will happen on Monday, still Sunday in North America.

A significant storm surge is also expected at landfall, just north of the recent disaster site at Tacloban. Hopefully it will miss major population centers. Over a half million people have been evacuated from the landfall area.

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