Typhoon Melor (Nona) Makes Landfalls in Philippines


Powerful Typhoon Nona made a pair of landfalls in the Philippines Monday after undergoing a last-minute spurt of intensification. Nona has undergone rapid intensification Tuesday morning and has maximum sustained winds up to 145 mph as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The tropical cyclone, known by the name Melor internationally, is forecast to tear a swath from east to west through the heart of the island nation through Wednesday, bringing flooding from rainfall and storm surge in addition to the wind threat.

As of 5 a.m. local time Tuesday, the Philippine national weather agency PAGASA said the center of Typhoon Nona has passed near Burias Island and is now traversing Sibuyan Sea. The national government's disaster management agency said that the second landfall was near Bulusan in the Sorsogon province, following an initial 11 a.m. landfall on Batag Island near the northern tip of Northern Samar province. Since the Philippines are made up of many islands, the center will move back over water and could make an additional one or more landfalls as it moves west.