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Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall in the Philippines

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, CNA broadcast shares cell footage of the storm making landfall.

Typhoon Vongfong, called Ambo locally, has made landfall in the Philippines. This was reported within the last 24 hours by The New York Times. Within the last hour, the Daily Tribune has posted footage of the typhoon as it makes direct impact in Dolores, Eastern Samar, Philippines. This footage was taken at noon local time on May 14. 

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Wink News shows a treacherous scene of broken plants and scattered people on the road trying to take shelter. The specific photo shows two local residents braving the strong rain and winds of a highway in Can-avid town in the Eastern Samar province. Eastern Samar is an island of the central Philippines. Wink News states that when the typhoon made landfall in Eastern Samar it forced a “complex and risky” evacuation of tens of thousands of people. 

Wink News states that Vongfong/Ambo is the first named storm of the 2020 season. 

At least 200,000 people live in the coastal areas near the Samar area. Wink states that, specifically for the Samar region, COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the evacuation process. More than 50 million people in the Philippines are living under strict lockdown conditions. The rules have been imposed by President Robert Duterte. 

The New York Times reported that Duterte’s recent forced closure of the Philippines major news outlet ABS-CBN has created a vacuum in the coronavirus crisis coverage. This vacuum of coverage has also added a strain on the current complex evacuation. Reuters had collaborated reports that COVID-19 lockdowns have exacerbated the evacuations. 

Newsweek states that the storm has torn through the central Philippines. Reports from Newsweek state that violent winds and intense rainfall have impacted the northern portion of the Eastern Samar province. Thunderstorm advisories were issued on Thursday in parts of Luzon which is the country’s largest and most populated island. The capital city of Manila is on Luzon island. Thunderstorm advisories were also in effect for the greater Manila metropolitan area. This includes the larger cities and municipalities of Manila, 16 cities in total. They also include the outlying provinces surrounding Manila. These are Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Newsweek cited Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as their source. 

“Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur in highly to very highly susceptible areas during heavy or prolonged rainfall. 

Within 24 hours, storm surge of 2.0 to 4.0 meters may be experienced over the coastal areas of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar (east coast), Samar (west coast), Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Quezon, and Aurora. Along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation,” said PAGASA as quoted by Newsweek. 

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The heavy typhonic patterns in the Philippines are but one of many extreme and bizarre weather patterns of Far Eastern Asia in May. Public rights lawyer and educator of the Lex Do It Trust, Nishant Gambhir recently shared raw footage of a thick hail coating on streets in New Delhi, India. In addition to hail storms, Gambhir states that there have been frequent earthquakes in his local region. 

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