Oct 18, 2015

Worst Flooding Still to Come in Philippines from Koppu; Champi Now a Super Typhoon

Philippines
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
A man looks at the rising water level of the Magat River caused by continuous rains of Typhoon Koppu at Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya, Philippines, on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Koppu wrecked houses, tore down trees, and unleashed landslides and floods, forcing thousands to flee as it pummeled the northern Philippines on Sunday. Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images.
A man looks at the rising water level of the Magat River caused by continuous rains of Typhoon Koppu at Bayombong, Nueva Viscaya, Philippines, on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Koppu wrecked houses, tore down trees, and unleashed landslides and floods, forcing thousands to flee as it pummeled the northern Philippines on Sunday. Image credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images.

The Pacific’s relentless tropical season of 2015 continues to amaze. On Saturday, Koppu became the 19th hurricane or typhoon north of the equator to reach Category 4 strength, a new seasonal record for the Northern Hemisphere. On Sunday, Super Typhoon Champi pushed that record to 20...Champi is the season’s ninth super typhoon--impressive, but still short of the Northwest Pacific record of 11 super typhoons set in 1965 and matched in 1997.