Strongest April Typhoon on Record- Sweeping Past Philippines
The Washington Post - After making history as the strongest tropical cyclone (typhoon or hurricane) on record during April in the Northern Hemisphere, Typhoon Surigae has weakened some, its peak winds down to 145 mph as of Sunday, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Because its peak winds have dropped below 150 mph, it is no longer classified as a “super” typhoon.
The storm is forecast to weaken further, down to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane on Monday, with peak winds of around 125 mph.
The worst of the storm is remaining offshore the Philippines, but its outer bands are bringing heavy rain and gusty winds over the Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Surigae explosively strengthened to the first super typhoon of 2021 and one of the most intense tropical cyclone in history while edging closer to the Philippines.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu indicated its peak winds had risen to 190 mph as of Saturday afternoon, equivalent to a high-end Category 5 hurricane. It is the strongest super typhoon ever observed in the northwestern Pacific or anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere during the month of April and so early in the calendar year.
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