Noul strikes Philippines glancing blow

Noul strikes Philippines glancing blow

Super Typhoon Noul (equal to categories 4 or 5 on the Atlantic Saffir Simpson scale), which generated sustained winds of 160mph and gusts of 195mph, only struck the Philippines a "glancing" blow, according to catastrophe modeller AIR Worldwide.

Because it spent only a brief time over land, AIR does not expect significant insured losses in the Philippines as a result of the event. Kevin Hill, senior scientist at AIR, said that although the strong winds and heavy rain ripped apart some smaller houses, uprooted trees and caused localised flooding, because it was only a glancing blow, "predictions of a damaging storm surge and significant wind damage to property, as well as precipitation-induced flash flooding, lahar (mud, rock, and debris) flow, and landslides largely did not materialise."

Noul has apparently weakened substantially because of interaction with land surfaces, increasing wind shear and cooler sea surfaces, which should reduce its threat to the eastern coast of Japan, where it is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

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