Super Typhoon "Yutu" makes landfall as the strongest on record to hit Saipan and Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands.The center of Category 5 Super Typhoon "Yutu" moved over the Northern Mariana Islands between 14:00 and 17:00 UTC on October 24, 2018, with maximum sustained winds of 290 km/h (180 mph) and gusts to 350 km/h (220 mph).
Although the region is reasonably prepared for typhoons and is built like a fortress, being located in the typhoon alley, this is the strongest storm on record to make landfall in the Northern Mariana Islands and 'their structures will be tested as this pushes right overhead,' Meteorologist Rober Speta of the WestPacWx said.
"Just imagine that this is an EF-2 or 3 type tornado that is 80 - 100 km (50 - 60 miles) wide... that's kind of what we're seeing with this storm system," he said.
"I just do a plea to the US government (these are US territories) that they do send relief swiftly because this is going to be some serious impact. About 48 000 people live in Saipan and even more in Guam."
"The eye of Super Typhoon Yutu is now over Tinian and southern Saipan," NWS office in Guam said 16:09 UTC, October 24 (02:09 CHST, October 25). Maximum sustained winds in the eyewall are 290 km/h (180 mph) or stronger, making it a dangerous Category 5 Super Typhoon.
These winds will continue to affect Tinian and Saipan for the next few hours, the office said.
It's 05:50 CHST local time on October 25 at the time of press (19:50 UTC, October 24). More information about the impact to Tinian and Saipan will become available in the hours ahead.
After wreaking havoc across the Northern Mariana Islands, Super Typhoon "Yutu," known in the Philippines as Rosita, is heading towards its second significant landfall, this time in Luzon, Philippines. The current forecast track takes Yutu directly over Isabela-Cagayan late October 29, 2018 (early October 30, local time). This is the 26th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season and the 7th Super Typhoon.
Super Typhoon "Yutu" (Rosita) to slam into Philippines after wreaking havoc across Northern Marianas
Yutu underwent explosive intensification before reaching the Northern Mariana Islands and made landfall in Tinian on October 24 as the most powerful storm on record to impact the islands - maximum sustained winds 285 km/h (180 mph).
A woman was killed in Saipan after Yutu wrecked the building she was staying in. At least 133 people were injured, 3 of them severely. More than 200 power poles were knocked down on Saipan and Tinian. Most buildings on both islands had their roofs destroyed.
At 09:00 UTC on October 28, the center of Super Typhoon "Yutu" was located about 928 km (577 miles) east of Manila, Philippines. Its maximum 10-minute sustained winds were 195 km/h (120 mph), and 1-minute sustained winds were 240 km/h (150 mph) with gusts to 280 km/h (175 mph). The minimum central pressure was 915 hPa and the system was moving westward at 15 km/h (10 mph).
"Moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the typhoon are expected over Northern and Central Luzon starting tomorrow evening (LT), October 29," PAGASA said.
Flooding and landslides are possible and travel by land and sea risky, the agency warned, adding that there is a possibility of raising TCWS #1 over Metro Manila by the evening of October 29 (local time).
Strong to very strong winds are expected to affect the Eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon starting late October 29.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.
Landfall is expected over Isabela-Cagayan area late October 29, 2018 (early October 30, local time) with maximum sustained winds near 213 km/h (132 mph).
Storm surge is possible over coastal areas of Isabela and Cagayan.
Everyone is advised to refrain from outdoor activities.
Typhoon #Yutu has weakened, but remains a powerful storm as it heads towards landfall in Luzon northern #Philippines on similar trajectory to #Mangkhut https://t.co/gcRV3X49eM pic.twitter.com/90MH4zGF47— WMO | OMM (@WMO) 29 oktober 2018
Typhoon #Yutu, also called #RositaPH, is expected to make landfall in northern Philippines around midnight or early morning. Along with strong winds and heavy rain, a storm surge is also possible on the coastal areas. #weather #foreca #Philippines #Rosita #typhoon #TyphoonYutu pic.twitter.com/4b1lIamINx— Foreca (@foreca) 29 oktober 2018
Super Typhoon #Yutu has devastated the U.S. Territory of the Northern Mariana Islands and is the worst storm to hit a U.S. territory in 80+ years. Before/after images of damaged homes captured by @DigitalGlobe. pic.twitter.com/qndAbGLvn0— Maxar Technologies (@MaxarTech) 26 oktober 2018
Gov Torres reported today that over 10,500 meals, 16,000 liters of water and supplies were distributed to residents in #CNMI— CEDR Digital Corps (@CEDRdigital) 29 oktober 2018
More assistance is on the way. This is just the beginning of the recovery. #TyphoonYutu #MarianasStrong #Tinian #Rota #Guam #Yutu pic.twitter.com/SbiIKnJ2oW
Er staat weinig meer overeind op het eiland Tinian in de Stille Oceaan. Afgelopen nacht trok #TyphoonYutu met windsnelheden tot ruim 320 km/uur recht over dat gebied.. #Yutu pic.twitter.com/TTL8BMXZKU— Wouter van Bernebeek (@StormchaserNL) 25 oktober 2018
This is captured by the hotel cameras. The hotel is Coral Ocean Point, located on the south side of the island of #Saipan where you find most of #SuperTyphoonYutu #yutu destruction. pic.twitter.com/yFHeORDY8T— Esther Muna (@emuna670) 26 oktober 2018
Sun is finally up to start to see some of the damage. Just now from my brother who is in Susupe area by the airport in Saipan: “Powerlines down, trees gone, roofs missing, and just to the left or this picture a complete house is missing.” #Typhoon #yutu #Saipan pic.twitter.com/ATVYJAwJLz— Lauren Spohr (@LaurSpohr) 24 oktober 2018
We continue to work with partners to bring in people & supplies to support #CNMI’s response & recovery efforts after #Yutu.— FEMA (@fema) 26 oktober 2018
????: @FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bern Ruiz on Tinian earlier today with local officials surveying damage. Credit: Gov. Ralph DLG. Torres pic.twitter.com/GfbhGfSPgq
Before super typhoon #Yutu hit Saipan, it hit the tiny island of Micronesia. Here’s some video of the terrible damage inflicted there. Wow. So sad. ????:Holly Ashlynn @JimCantore @StephanieAbrams @JenCarfagno @Ginger_Zee @spann pic.twitter.com/8F9Zvx8nuX— eweather (@Eweather13) 25 oktober 2018
#USCG crews are responding to #TyphoonYutu which hit the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas earlier this week. The crews have been responding, assessing damage and clearing ports. pic.twitter.com/9k0jCLyrkp— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) 29 oktober 2018
hi moots! i’m sorry if u have been inactive for so long, but recently the island that i’m from which is saipan got hit by a super typhoon yutu, homes were destroyed and we currently don’t power and water. if you’d like, please share awareness! ty guys ily! #TyphoonYutu pic.twitter.com/G7THOpy7lP— mai (@timeforsvt) 27 oktober 2018
Took this picture from Facebook. Top picture is the day before the typhoon. Bottom is the day after. My heart breaks for the islands I consider as my second home. #TyphoonYutu #CNMIStrong pic.twitter.com/9snj1fpFD3— pat (@patanngarcia_) 27 oktober 2018
It's time for fast action, I'm getting together a team of @twitch streamers who would like to join efforts to help with a relief campaign for those affected by #TyphoonYutu. If you would like to help, please message me here or at (671) 977-0645. #rebuild #support— Dean Blas (@dojodean) 25 oktober 2018
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/QldfL4a8bd
#TyphoonYutu is ravaging through my home. Prayers for my family and friends, as well as those still on the islands. The winds are breaking door open as well as windows that have barricaded from outside. pic.twitter.com/q6EXW8dYo9— Ps4blaphemous (@ps4blaphemous) 24 oktober 2018
“We see some branches on the roads but it’s flooding that is destroying houses here," says IFRC’s Caroline Haga in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines after #typhoon #Yutu #RositaPH. "People are needing to be rescued." pic.twitter.com/MFPbe503jH— IFRC Asia Pacific (@IFRCAsiaPacific) 30 oktober 2018
Brave @philredcross volunteers embark on a rescue mission to save people trapped by flooding. Others continue to prepare humanitarian assistance for families affected by #Yutu #RositaPh in #nuevavizcaya pic.twitter.com/mDMBkyUDxm— Caroline Haga (@hagacaroline) 30 oktober 2018
Various parts of Kalinga are now submerged due to flood. Ready your calls for relief! Pictures grabbed from the Cordillera Disaster Response and Development Services.#RositaPH#ReliefPH pic.twitter.com/L2FBmK5SY1— Al Omaga (@AlfeOmaga) 30 oktober 2018
Deadly landslides caused by Typhoon "Yutu" (Rosita), PhilippinesAt least 13 people have been killed and dozens are left trapped under debris after heavy rains unleashed by Typhoon "Yutu," known in the Philippines as Rosita, caused flash floods and triggered landslides on October 29 and 30, 2018. The worst affected were Northern and Central parts of Luzon, the government said.
According to the Mountain Province disaster risk reduction and management office, the mountain beside the unfinished two-story building gave out during the afternoon hours of October 30 and buried 3 nearby buildings, including DPWH Second District Engineering Office in Natonin.
Natonin is isolated as a result of road cuts and landslides, the office said, adding that first responders arrived at the scene on the morning of October 31.
Rescuers recovered 8 bodies from the debris during the day but there are at least 29 people trapped inside the buildings, including 20 construction laborers belonging to two construction firms, 3 security guards, a project engineer, and 5 evacuees from nearby homes, Rappler reports.
"It's a massive landslide and boulders also came rolling down from the mountain. The buildings got demolished and entombed. They're gone," government engineer Junel Emengga told The Associated Press
4 members of a family died in another landslide on the same day, after their house was
buried by rocks and soil in Batad, Ifuga.
Yutu made landfall around 04:00 LT on October 30 in Dinapigue, on the border of Isabela and Aurora, with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h (93 mph) and gusts to 210 km/h (130 mph), making it a Category 2 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
Nearly 10 000 people were evacuated ahead of its arrival.
Winds produced by the storm flattened some of the homes, destroyed roofs and downed power poles and trees. Numerous landslides were reported across the affected region.
The deadliest typhoon to strike the Philippines is Super Typhoon "Haiyan" of November 2013. More than 7 350 people were left dead on missing as it moved over.
A 5-year-old girl died in Lubuagan town, Kalinga after another landslide struck her family's residence.