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Another Typhoon

Posted: 10-26-2009 06:37 AM
by Art Bell
Tropical depression #23 is near Guam now and will become
a Typhoon in 48 hours and the forecast is for it to head to
the Philippines like a homing pidgeon.



Posted: 10-26-2009 07:07 AM
by SETIsLady
Art, sending prayers to the you,your family and the people of the Phillipines. Stay safe.

Posted: 10-26-2009 07:17 AM
by Linnea
One can only hope, as with Lupit - the conditions will cause the storm to weaken, and the steering winds will be strong enough to get it back into that northward trough.

Stay safe, Art. Prayers going out for all in the storms path.

Posted: 10-26-2009 09:05 AM
by Shirleypal
Sorry to hear Art, prayers to you and your family and the people in the Philippines, hope this season ends soon.

Posted: 10-26-2009 11:52 AM
by racehorse
Please take great care, Art.

You, Airyn, and Asia are in my thoughts and prayers for safety and well being.

As are all the people in danger from this terrible storm.

Posted: 10-26-2009 05:32 PM
by ArtBellfan
Unbelievable. Stay safe.

Posted: 10-27-2009 09:15 AM
by Waverider
Thanks for keeping us posted, Art.

I guess you know the drill by now.

Maybe it's time to pack it up and head for the High Desert'

Living on an island, in a storm track, isn't the best idea.

Heck, you wrote the book!

Super Storm' you know the weather is changin' for the worst..

In the meantime, sending prayers that this #23 craps out, but I don't think it will...

Where ever it heads, it means disaster', hunker down, my friend.

And keep us posted... from the 19th floor.

Yikes! is the best description...

Posted: 10-27-2009 11:42 AM
by Joolz
Stay safe, Art. Sending out prayers of protection for all in this storm's path. Thanks for alerting us to this storm. Please keep us posted.

Posted: 10-28-2009 01:32 AM
by Pseudonaut
Be well, Art -- you and the whole family be well.

You're in our thoughts.

Posted: 10-30-2009 10:17 AM
by Waverider
Direct hit? ... 00923.html

Am I reading this right?
Can you read me?

A Cat 2'...


Posted: 10-31-2009 12:38 AM
by Saharaka
Looks like a definite hit on the Phillipines...but maybe downgraded to tropical storm?

Posted: 10-31-2009 01:37 PM
by racehorse
Stay Safe and be Very Careful, Art, Airyn, and Asia. My thoughts and prayers continue for you all and everyone in danger from these terrible storms.

Posted on Sat, Oct. 31, 2009

4th typhoon in month lashes Philippines; 7 killed

Associated Press Writer

A typhoon battered the Philippine capital and surrounding provinces still reeling from recent flooding, sending residents of one town clambering onto rooftops Saturday to escape rising waters. Seven people died and at least five were missing.

Typhoon Mirinae was the fourth storm to lash the northern Philippines since late September and brought new hardship to areas still struggling in the wake of the previous disasters. Nearly 95,000 people who fled during two prior storms were still living in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck, the national disaster agency said.

Saturday's storm headed out to sea in the afternoon and weakened into a tropical storm. It appeared to be heading toward Vietnam.

As Mirinae slammed into Quezon province northeast of Manila around midnight Friday, Philippine authorities evacuated more than 115,000 people in nine provinces east and south of the capital in the storm's path on main Luzon island, the National Disaster Coordinating Council reported. At its height, its winds were blowing 93 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour) and gusting up to 115 mph (185 kph).

One river in Laguna province, south of Manila, overflowed, washing away a bridge and flooding most of lakeside Santa Cruz town. Residents clambered onto roofs to escape the waters, said Mayor Ariel Magcalas.

"We cannot move, this is no joke. The water is high. We need help," Magcalas said in a public address on Radio DZBB early Saturday.

The muddy floodwater receded as rains eased later in the day, but was still chest-high in some communities.

In Manila, residents hunkered down in their homes overnight as rains beat down on dark, deserted streets. Mirinae passed south of the city of 12 million. The sprawling metropolis saw its worst flooding in 40 years in late September when Tropical Storm Ketsana hit the capital and nearby provinces. In many suburban communities, the floodwaters had still not receded when Mirinae struck.

That storm was quickly followed by Typhoon Parma, which triggered massive landslides in Luzon's mountain region. More than 900 people were killed in the storms, and a third then threatened the northern Philippines before veering toward Japan.

Ahead of Saturday's typhoon, millions of Filipinos had boarded buses for their home provinces for the Nov. 1 All Saints Day holiday, when people visit cemeteries to pay respects to dead relatives in this devoutly Roman Catholic nation.

Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro expressed fear that floods and traffic congestion may trap visitors at graveyards, where people traditionally spend a day or even a night, but few heeded his call to scrap this year's commemorations. Radio stations reported that large crowds converged on cemeteries even in flooded areas. Carrying candles, food and rain gear, many settled in for an overnight vigil.

Initial reports Saturday indicated more flooding from Mirinae but relatively few deaths.

Six people in four provinces died, most drowning in floodwaters, regional police chief Perfecto Palad said. Among the victims was a 12-year-old girl who was swept away by a flash flood in Laguna's Pagsanjan township, and a man who tried to cross a swollen creek in Rizal province's Pililla township carrying his 1-year-old child, Palad said. The child remains missing along with four other people.

Many flights at Manila's international and domestic airports were canceled, and about 8,000 ferry passengers were stranded as the coast guard grounded all vessels.

Airlines later announced new schedules, and passengers packed terminals trying to catch the earliest flights. The coast guard allowed ferries to resume operations after weathermen lowered all storm alerts.

Manila electric power distributor Meralco said the high winds had forced outages in many areas around the capital, but electricity was restored in most areas by Saturday afternoon.

In Rizal province's Taytay township, about 400 shanties - temporary shelter for about 2,000 people who had been forced to flee their lakeside homes during Ketsana - were destroyed by strong winds, Mayor Joric Gacula said.

By late Saturday afternoon, the storm's winds had slowed to 80 mph (130 kph) and was some 144 miles (230 kilometers) west-southwest of Manila, chief government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said.

"It is moving away toward the South China Sea," Cruz said. "That part of our lives with (Mirinae) is over."
Associated Press writer Hrvoje Hranjski contributed to this report.

Posted: 10-31-2009 05:44 PM
by Saharaka
Mr Bell with all due might want to reconsider Pahrump....these storms are horrible. Sending love and light to the Bell family...