Typhoon Goni is expected to hit the Philippines earlier than expected on Sunday as it continues to collect strength, according to the Philippine Tropical Cyclone Advisories website.
The storm is also upgraded to a super typhoon in the next 12 hours and could make landfall in the eastern provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines early Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Products and services Administration said in its 8 a.m. advisory. The typhoon was once earlier predicted to succeed in the Philippines in the afternoon.
Goni’s winds are forecast to hit 185 to 215 kilometers (115 to 134 miles) an hour as it moves inland. The cyclone comes days after Typhoon Molave lashed the country, leaving no less than 22 deceased and causing at least 1.81 billion pesos ($37.4 million) of damage to crops.
The Philippine weather bureau as of 2 p.m. placed Catanduanes province and parts of Camarines and Albay provinces under typhoon sign No. 3. Winds greater than 121 kilometers and up to 170 kilometers per hour are expected to hit these areas starting in no less than 18 hours, it said.
Beginning early Sunday, Goni will bring heavy-to-intense rains over the central and southern provinces of Luzon island, including Manila, the state weather bureau said. The center of the storm was once 410 kilometers east-northeast of Catanduanes as of 1 p.m. native time, with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers an hour close the center and gusts of up to 265 kilometers per hour, it said.
The U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center categorizes Goni as a super typhoon while at sea, according to its measurements. The storm will pass through Manila and lots of the main island of Luzon, it said.
Approximately 159,000 people in Camarines Norte began evacuating from high-risk areas on Friday, the Philippine Day-to-day Inquirer reported, citing provincial authorities. Quezon, a neighboring province, has been placed under red alert, it said.
Another typhoon, Atsani, is forecast to go into Philippine territory Sunday but is less likely to cause severe weather over the next three days, according to the nation’s weather forecaster.
Goni is the world’s strongest typhoon this year with sustained winds of 285 kilometers per hour as of Friday, putting it at Category 5-equivalent strength and surpassing Hurricane Laura, which was once Category 4 at its peak, the Weather Network reported.