Typhoon Nesat pounds Philippines, heads for south China


Infrared image of typhoon Nesat over the South China Sea Tuesday morning. (Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies )

Wunderground.com meteorologist Jeff Masters suspects the storm dumped 12 to 15 inches along its path. NASA reports rainfall rates reached two inches per hour just south of the storm’s center. Masters said well south of Nesat’s center, Cabanatuan in central Luzon received 5.55” and farther south, 2.74” was recorded in the Manila - the Philippine’s capital and largest city, which recorded wind gusts to 55 mph.

Typhoon Nesat slams into Manila Bay early Tuesday morning local time. Hat tip: AccuWeather

The Philippine Star provided this account of the scene in Manila:

Metro Manila residents waded through floodwaters a meter deep yesterday as “Pedring” (international code name Nesat) pummeled Northern Luzon . . .

Large swathes of Metro Manila were without electricity for several hours yesterday. Classes and work in government offices were suspended as well as trading in the stock market. Several flights were also canceled.

The Philippine Star also reported the U.S. embassy was impacted by storm surge flooding from Manila Bay.

The full extent of the storm’s damage, especially right along its path, is not known. Wunderground’s Masters noted: “We don’t have any weather stations on the east coast of Luzon near where the eye came ashore that survived to send us data, but winds at Iba on the west coast of Luzon reached a sustained speed of 67 mph at 5 pm local time today as the eyewall of Nesat moved through.”

Satellite imagery shows the storm has now moved off the island into the South China Sea. The storm weakened some over the rugged terrain of Luzon (peak winds down to about 85 mph), but it is expected to re-intensify over the Sea’s warm waters. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center predicts it will make landfall over south China’s Hainan island on Thursday as a Category 2 typhoon, with peak winds of about 95 mph. Then, it is projected to continue westward into Vietnam as a tropical storm over the weekend.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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