Travellers are on high alert as Super Typhoon Haima has slammed into the north-eastern Philippines, bringing ferocious winds and rain. The new typhoon has now rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 where many villages lost power and intense winds tore tin roofs off houses.
“We are possibly dealing with a typhoon that is even stronger than Typhoon Yolanda,” said executive secretary Salvador Medialdea, referring to the local name for Haiyan, a 2013 Typhoon that killed over 7,000 people and displaced more than 5 million others.
“We must, therefore, brace ourselves for the possible effects of a typhoon of this magnitude.”
Earlier, the Government’s weather agency raised a maximum five-level storm warning in four northern provinces, which meant that powerful winds could inflict “very heavy to widespread damage” and whip up storm surges of up to 5 metres, enough to engulf shanties in many rural communities.
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Ferocious winds and choppy seas are causing cruise-goers and jet-setters to reconsider their travel plans to avoid getting caught in the typhoon.
Travellers and tourists are urged to exercise extreme caution.
While airlines could cancel or delay flights according to weather, cruise lines do everything in their power to make sure the “cruise goes on” and rarely will the cruise actually be cancelled. These ships can travel at speeds over 21 knots so they can usually outrun any hurricanes or tropical depressions and just go around any inclement weather. You may however still face some choppy seas so for anyone who gets sea sick easily, make sure you carry some Dramamine with you.
Are you planning on going anywhere?