Tropical Cyclone "Lingling" forms in the Western Pacific Ocean, heading toward the Korean Peninsula
Tropical Cyclone "Lingling," known as Liwayway in the Philippines, formed September 1 in the Western Pacific Ocean as the 14th named tropical cyclone of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. The storm is heading toward southern Ryukyu Islands, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The Pacific Ocean will remain very active in the days and weeks ahead. Make sure you check updated numerical model predictions at the end of the report.
At 14:00 UTC (22:00 PHT), the center of Typhoon "Lingling," called Liwayway in the Philippines, was located at around 470 km (292 miles) NE of Basco, Batanes, Philippines. It had maximum sustained winds near 140 km/h (87 mph) and gusts to 170 km/h (105 mph).
The typhoon maintains its strength as it moves toward southern Ryukyu Islands, Japan, PAGASA said 14:00 UTC.
Occasional gusty conditions may still occur in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region due to the Southwest Monsoon, it added.
Between today and tomorrow (September 6) evening, Lingling (Liwayway) will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. The Southwest Monsoon will also bring scattered light to moderate rains (with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms) over Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Between tomorrow evening and Friday (September 6) evening, the trough of Lingling and the Southwest Monsoon will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and Ilocos Provinces.
Residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm / Rainfall Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
Sea travel is risky, especially for those using small seacrafts, over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.
The typhoon is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility between tomorrow afternoon and evening, cross the southern Ryukyu Islands, Japan and head toward the Korean Peninsula.
Typhoon "Lingling" killed 8 in North Korea, destroyed 460 houses and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmlandTyphoon "Lingling" has passed over the Korean Peninsula from September 6 to September 7, 2019, killing at least 8 people in North Korea and 3 in South Korea. North Korean media encouraged citizens to mobilize over the weekend.
Emergency responses have begun in North Korea after Lingling hit the country and workers have started repairing electricity networks that were affected by the storm.
According to official Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, Lingling killed at least 5 people, destroyed 460 houses and 15 public buildings, and 46 200 ha (114 162 acres) of farmland in North Korea. 33 people received storm-related injuries in the country.
According to the KBS, North Korean authorities tallied 8 casualties and reported damages and restoration efforts in an unusually prompt manner, demonstrating a disaster management system vastly different from previous ones.
Korean Central TV aired the extent of the damage in a breaking news format and urged a speedy recovery.
Lingling, the fifth-strongest storm to ever strike South Korea made landfall on September 7, 2019, before moving towards the north with wind gusts of up to 140 km/h (86 mph).
South Korean media said North Korea could eventually report more typhoon-related casualties and damage.
In Japan, officials have suspended railway and subway services and canceled flights at Tokyo airports. Faxai killed 2 person, reports said.
Authorities also received reports about damages due to torn trees and blown-off parts. Over 900 000 cases of power interruptions were recorded while the typhoon struck the country.