AccuWeather posted an announcement on Dec. 12, 2015, about Tropical Storm Melor that is currently over the Philippine Sea and traveling west-northwest. The storm is also known as Nona in the Philippines, is expected to hit the islands in the upcoming days.
In the least, the storm will produce strong winds to the Philippines, as well torrential rainfall. However, it is possible that the storm could become a Catagory 2 or 3 hurricane at its peak.
Unless Melor’s direction changes, it is currently on track to hit landfall by Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, and is expected to hit the country’s largest island, Luzon. According to Britannica, the population was 44.35 million in 2010 and is the island where Manila, the nation’s capital, located.
The meteorologist for AccuWeather added even though Melor will be strong when it hits landfall, “it certainly won’t be the strongest system that has hit the area this year. in fact, the Luzon coastline was hit by Koppu in October 2015. When Koppu hit it was the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.
The current storm, Melor, will most likely impact the eastern areas that are not sheltered by the natural barriers of the terrain on the island. The strong winds and heavy rain will likely impact the islands with flooding, downed trees and power lines. In this case, there could be power outages.
As the AccuWeather Meteorologists continue to monitor the storm, Guardian Liberty Voice will provide updates.
By Cathy Milne
AccuWeather Website: Melor to Threaten Philippines Next Week
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