An intense “super typhoon” has made landfall in the northern Philippines, bringing winds of more than 155 KT and heavy rains. Tropical cyclones formed in the Pacific Ocean are called typhoons. They are classified in the same way as Atlantic Ocean hurricanes, with a category 5 typhoon commonly referred to a super typhoon.
Megi, the strongest tropical storm to hit the Philippines, has weakened as it made its way across the northern Philippines and crossed the Cordilera mountain range. It is then forecast to strengthening again in the South China Sea as it heads for Southern China.
Emergency services in the Philippines are on full alert following criticism of their handling of Typhoon Ketsana last year. Many people trapped by that Typhoon were helped by aid agency rather than the government. In further embarrassment, the head of the state weather bureau was sacked earlier this year when they said a typhoon would miss Manila, it stuck the capital killing 100 people.