Typhoon Melor hits central Philippines
Powerful Typhoon Melor (also known as Nona) has hit the central Philippines battering the coast with powerful winds with speed of 200 kph followed by intense rainfall.
The eye of tropical cyclone (typhoon) Melor made its landfall over the northern tip of the island of Samar. It made landfall after undergoing a rapid intensification forcing over 700,000 people to leave their homes and communities.
Hawaii based Joint Typhoon Warning Centre of US military has categorized the typhoon as a Category 3 storm.
The year 2015 has been an active one in terms of major tropical storms hitting the Philippines. The major tropical storms in the year 2015 have been partly attributed to ongoing strong El Nino phenomenon which has resulted in a significant warming of the surface waters of the central Pacific.
Typhoon Melor now joins Noul, Maysak, Goni, Soudelor, Mujigae and Koppu in the list of significant typhoons to have struck the Philippines in year 2015.