Super Typhoon Noul makes landfall in north-east parts of PhilippinesIn this May-2015, a powerful typhoon starts from the Philippine island of Luzon. If it were to make landfall, it would be the 2nd landfalling blizzard in the island nation this year. Predictions on 8-May suggested that Typhoon Noul (known as Dodong in The Philippines) would turn northeast & brush past the northern island, dousing it with substantial rain but with less potent wind. Nonetheless, residents in 11 provinces were alerted for possible migration. 1000s of people were evacuated from part of the Philippines as a typhoon expected to bring winds of more than 100mph passed close to the coast.
Typhoon Noul Grows More PowerfulAbove 10 thousand passengers & 1 thousand shipping vessels were stranded in various ports in the country, mostly along its eastern seaboard. Cebu Pacific cancelled at least 6 domestic flights to northern Philippines.
About 20 storms and typhoons hit the Philippines annually. The strongest on record to make landfall – typhoon Haiyan – devastated the central Philippines in November 2013, claiming more than 7,300 lives.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural color image of Noul (Dodong) approaching the Philippines at 12:56 PM local time or 04:56 Universal Time on 8-May-2015. Shortly after the image was acquired (06:00 Universal Time), the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported the storm had 100 knot winds (115m or 185kmph), a category Three on the Saffir Simpson scale.
The blizzard was still increasing due to very warm ocean conditions. Winds were predicted to reach 120 knots (category 4) late on 9-May. Landfall was expected by 10-May, and the storm was then anticipated to turn north and east and to weaken as it headed toward Japan.