A serious situation has developed in the West Pacific. The island nation of the Philippines is set to be hit by a large Category 3 (borderline Cat4) Typhoon.
The Storm, named Typhoon “Koppu”, has blown up into a very large tropical system. Quite literally the storm has become a “Major Hurricane”.
Quote NOAA’s defintion:
” A Major hurricane is a term utilized by the National Hurricane Center for hurricanes that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 50 m/s (96 kt, 111 mph). This is the equivalent of category 3, 4 and 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. “
Current satellite images show a well defined eye wall, and a distinct “eye” shape particular to major tropical storms.
Typhoon “Koppu” has taken a Westward track following the warm Pacific waters , leading the storm directly to the PREVIOUS impact location of Super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
The area of North Philippines / Luzon should be hit by the hardest part of the storm — which should be a borderline Category 4 event according to most projections.
Multiple GIF animated images of the storm from NOAA’s tropical floater page — images as of 11pm CDT October 16, 2015. Updated images can be viewed here:
Updated information on the storm can be found at the CIMSS tropical storm page: