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Super Typhoon Usagi to skirt Taiwan, Philippines

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:52 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013

TAIPEI » The most powerful typhoon of the year was approaching the northern Philippines and southern Taiwan today with ferocious wind gusts of up to 190 miles per hour. It was expected to skirt both regions, with authorities warning of torrential rains and destructive winds.

Super Typhoon Usagi had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph on Friday afternoon and was about 413 miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan's capital, according to the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. A storm achieves super typhoon status when its sustained winds are at least 150 mph.

The huge storm was on track to pass near the Batanes Islands, the northernmost part of the Philippines, as it moves across the Luzon Strait, close to Taiwan's southernmost Hengchun peninsula.

It was projected to move toward southern China, with the outer bands reaching near the Guangdong-Hong Kong coastline on Sunday. The storm is expected to weaken, and by Sunday is projected to have maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.

Usagi had a massive diameter of 680 miles, with its outer rain bands extending across the main northern Philippine island of Luzon and southern Taiwan. It was packing 24-hour rainfall accumulation of nearly 20 inches near its center.

The Batanes Islands were placed under the highest storm alert, while lower warnings were raised in at least 15 northern Philippine provinces, where officials warned of flash floods, landslides and storm surges.

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inverse wrote:
This type of weather pattern is the true reflection of man made global climate change and NOT point in time temperature readings on spots on of the globe or the exact size and measurement of the arctic ice pack. The outcome of wearing a heavy down winter clothing from head to toe on Waikiki beach all day in the hot sun will always result in the same outcome of the person probably end up dying from heat stroke. Same thing with the earth. Increased green house gases at level and rates that cannot be explained by natural occurrences alone will always increase retention of heat energy in the earths atmosphere. Unfortunately for humans, with the law of conservation of energy and the earth's homeostatic mechanisms that link the atmosphere, ocean currents/temperatures and the ice packs that convert water into solid, liquid or gaseous form, the environment can readily convert that heat energy into the most highly kinetic energetic atmospheric events that can occur and that is coordinated rotating winds at very high velocity. The faster the air spins in the typhoon, the more kinetic energy it contains. In fact after the creation of such a super typhoon, temperatures around the world might actually decrease. Unfortunately it is a vicious cycle and the additional energy released and still in the earths atmosphere will create another weather event at another time or place. Even without global climate change, these weather events occur but not at the intensity levels seen in decades or even centuries. Global climate change will not end human civilization, but the majority of people who live in poverty and at sea level are the most vulnerable and when these super weather events hit them, their chances of long term survival (ie most will die not from the event itself but more from starvation, disease, etc.) are usually not good.
on September 20,2013 | 05:14AM
Or, this change is purely cyclical in respect to the earth's continual changing of the earth's ecosystems and environments. NOBODY, really knows how man has impacted the earths normal evolution. I admit I dont know, but you to come up with what appears to be good information, I doubt that the information you have address is entirely correct.
on September 20,2013 | 01:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Looks like Hong Kong going get socked.
on September 20,2013 | 08:36AM
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