The Western Pacific continues its active streak, with a slew of budding typhoons likely to cause major impact in the coming week.
First, a budding typhoon threatens to blast Luzon Island of the Philippines with flooding rain and damaging winds this weekend, before taking aim at southern China and northern Vietnam.
Meanwhile, a new system is expected to develop over the weekend, setting its sights on the already inundated Philippines for the middle of next week.
Typhoon Sarika, known as Karen in the Philippines, will track very close to the northern Bicol region of Luzon, before slamming into central Luzon and making landfall on Saturday.
Sarika will strengthen into a typhoon with its strength equal to that of a Category 1 hurricane during this time, endangering residents and property across Luzon Island by unleashing flooding rain (up to 24 inches), damaging winds and dangerous seas through this weekend.
As Sarika tracks east to west into Sunday, so does the risk of damaging winds.
Wind gusts of 65-115 km/h (40-70 mph) will also whip the Bicol region throughout the weekend, resulting in power outages, tree damage and minor damage to well-constructed homes. More significant damage will result along the east-central coast of Luzon, where winds will gust to 130-160 km/h (80-100 mph) as Sarika comes onshore late on Saturday.
The eastern coast of Luzon will also be subject to coastal flooding with the highest storm surge near and north of where Sarika makes landfall.
Excessive rainfall totaling 200-300 mm (8-12 inches) will severely inundate the Bicol region and east-central Luzon, resulting in widespread life-threatening flooding and mudslides. There will be locally greater amounts, especially in the higher terrain.
The risk of flooding, power outages and wind damage will expand across central Luzon as Sarika tracks through on Sunday. Rainfall will generally be on the order of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) with wind gusts of 95-130 km/h (60-80 mph).
"Manila will be spared from the brunt of this future typhoon but will still endure rainfall amounts of 75-150 mm (3-6 inches) with wind gusts of 80-95 km/h (50-60 mph)," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.
Flooding threatens to unfold rapidly in the nation's capital, as most of the rain is likely to fall in just one day.
Sarika has the potential to briefly weaken to tropical storm strength as it passes over land Saturday night and into Sunday morning. However, the storm will likely strengthen again quickly once the center is back over open water on Sunday.
Although the center of Sarika will be pulling away from Luzon on Sunday, the effects of the storm will continue linger. Residual floodwaters, damage and sporadic power outages could cause more disruptions as residents head back to work and school on Monday.
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