We are surrounded and gifted by a beautiful and wonderful 7,107 islands here in the Philippines. But what if one day that beautiful scenery and unforgettable place suddenly gone? What if the good treasure that God has given to us will lose quickly and then we will wake up that we are reclining on a land that is so worn-out? We can’t prevent disaster, but if we have a lot of knowledge on what to do and what we can do a very big change will come true.
What is typhoon?
A typhoon is a violent tropical cyclone, in meteorological term, which is a low pressure system occurring in tropical oceans. The winds above the ground circulate around the center counterclockwise for a typhoon occurring in the northern hemisphere and clockwise for that occurring in the southern hemisphere. As for the origin of the name, “typhoon” is generally believed to be a phonetic derivation from the Cantonese pronunciation for “windy”. But according to the study of Professor Shao-hao Lin, it is probably a phonetic derivation from the Southern Fukienese pronunciation for “phoon-ty” (wind sieve). As Ding-mei Lu stated in his revised Taiwan County Annals, “The so-called typhoon was a term used by native residents of Taiwan as symbolic description of the phenomenon of hurricanes storming around like a wind sieving the rain. The term was then phonetically transcribed into Chinese characters but misused in reverse order and later evolved into the term “typhoon”. As of today, the Southern Fukienese for typhoon is still pronounced like “phoon-ty” (wind sieve), which further solidifies Professor Lin’s argument. Aside from the digression of being either “windy” or “wind sieving”, typhoon is a violent tropical cyclone over the tropical Western North Pacific. The archipelago of more than 7,100 islands is hit by an average of 20 typhoons or tropical storms each year, which kill hundreds and sometimes thousands of people. The storms are created above the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean near the equator, and the Philippines’ islands are often the first major land mass they hit as they move north-west. Some government authorities say climate change is increasing the ferocity and frequency of the typhoons. Haiyan is one of the strongest ever recorded in the world, and is the Philippines’ 24th tropical storm or typhoon of the year, exceeding the annual average. However some scientists say it is premature to blame climate change, and the Philippines has endured many devastating typhoons that have each claimed many hundreds of lives.
Heres the top 5 Typhoon
With what has been dubbed as the “Super Typhoon Yolanda”–or the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) corresponding name Haiyan–currently raging in full blow across the Philippines, the whole world is once again faced with the destructive nature of natural disasters. Haiyan is expected to be the strongest and most destructive typhoon ever seen; although no small matter, typhoons are not all that uncommon in a place like the Philippines. Following is a list the five most devastating typhoons to have occurred in the Philippines, and how much damage each caused respectively:
TROPICAL CYCLONE HAIYAN is touted to be the strongest storm ever in the annals of Earth’s modern climatic history. It will churn winds at a velocity of 215 KPH with gusts of more than 250 KPH. It will traverse a wide swath of the Pacific Ocean before targetting the central islands of the Philippines then proceeding on to Vietnam. Once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility on November 8, 2013, it becomes Typhoon Yolanda.
2. Typhoon Ruping 17th of all tropical cyclones to have hit Philippines in 1990, and is considered to be the deadliest typhoon of the 1990 Pacific typhoon season. This typhoon cost the country nearly $26 million in infrastructure damages and a whopping $197 million for agricultural costs; including destruction of private property, the total damages came to over $251 million.
3.Rosing [Angela]: 14th of all tropical cyclones in 1995, hit Philippines on the morning of Halloween day that year and remained active until November 4. Total damages caused accounted for$250 million, having a devastating effect on the economy. At the time, the typhoon was said to be the strongest to have hit the Philippines in the past twenty-five years.
4. Kadiang [Flo]: 22nd tropical cyclone of 1993. Merged with another typhoon “Dinang” during its course of destruction and making a loop before finally coming to an end four days after starting. Total damages add up to nearly $203 million – thus earning it the ranking of the costliest typhoon at the time of the event.
5. Loleng [Babs]: the 9th of tropical cyclones in 1998. This hurricane remained active between October 15 and 25, making it by far the longest-ranging one on this list. Total fiscal damages from this typhoon added up to USD $157 million, destroying the rice and coconut harvest and further budging the already poor economy.
And that is the list of typhoons that imprinted in our minds and not be forgotten by those who experience it. Prevention is better than cure, you have to secure all your primary basic needs like food and clothing. Our safety depend on how we prepared and we have a lot of knowledge on what to do when typhoons like that will come. We ourselves will put our own safety.
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