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Super Typhoon Megi (15W) Passes Over Philippines, Moves Towards China – October 20th, 2010

18.3N 116.9E

October 20th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Typhoon Megi (15W) - October 19th, 2010

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Track of TY 15W

Typhoon Megi (15W) is located approximately 350 nm south-southeast of Hong Kong, China. It has tracked northwestward at 3 knots over the past six hours.

Megi has maximum sustained winds of up to 115 knots, with gusts of up to 140 knots. These wind speeds are forecast to intensify over the next 12 hours.

Megi passed over the northern part of the Philippines on Monday, killing at least 10 people, the BBC reports. Officials say the toll could rise; communications links are down and the full extent of damage is not known.

Typhoon Megi was the strongest to hit the Philippines for several years and caused significant damage, tearing the roofs off houses and cutting power. It was a category five super typhoon with winds in excess of 250 km/h (155 mph) when it hit the east coast of north Luzon shortly before noon on Monday.

It has now passed over the main island, Luzon, and is heading towards the southern coast of China. Forecasters predict severe weather there by the weekend. On the southern Chinese island of Hainan, the rain prompted more than 100,000 people to leave their homes over the weekend.

Typhoon Megi could also hit Vietnam, where unrelated floods have swept people away and flooded thousands of homes, killing at least 31 people, with 23 people missing. Flash floods have also hit northern Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima province.

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