Meteorologists have warned that Typhoon Parma is forecast to gather its strength in the Western Pacific and strike the Philippines on Saturday, October 3rd, at about 00:00 GMT. A super storm at first, Parma has been upgraded to the typhoon status on Thursday when it started heading to the island nation with winds blowing at 240 kph (150 mph).
Following on the heels of Typhoon Ketsana that churned the country last weekend affecting more than 2 million, leaving hundreds dead and most of Manila under water, Typhoon Parma is expected to bring sustained winds to the region of more than 260 km/h (163 mph).
Warnings are that the storm surge will be more than 5.5 metres (18 feet) above normal levels, roof failures on many residences and industrial buildings are expected, while structures located less than 4.6 metres (15 feet) above sea level and within 460 metres (500 yards) of the shoreline are expected to experience major damage.
The US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center data have suggested that the point of landfall where Typhoon Parma will strike will be close to 16.9 N, 123.1 E.
Data source, AlertNet.