PAGASA: Supertyphoon Hanna enters PAR (August 5, 2015)

    MANILA, Philippines - The world's strongest storm in 2015, supertyphoon Hanna (international name: Soudelor) has entered Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday morning, August 5.

    Supertyphoon hanna enters PAR wednesday

    As of 7:00am today, the state weather bureau PAGASA said that Typhoon Hanna was located at 1420km East of Calayan, Cagayan (19.5°N, 135.0°E).

    'Hanna' has maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 250 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 20 kph.

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    PAGASA added that the Southwest monsoon is now affecting Mindanao. Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over the southern portion of the country.

    Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Visayas and the province of Palawan while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

    Supertyphoon Hannah to spare PH
    Typhoon Hanna track JTWC

    According to Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), which categorizes Soudelor as a super-typhoon, the massive cyclone was packing a 1-minute average maximum sustained winds of 287 kilometers per hour. This makes Soudelor a Category 5 hurricane.

    JTWC expects that Soudelor's wind strength would go down to 203 kph by the time it reaches Taiwan on August 8.

    The forecast track provided by JTWC shows Soudelor heading towards the southwestern islands of Japan, Taiwan, and then China, sparing the Philippines.
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