• GONI passed over the Ishigaki and west of Miyako islands, southern Okinawa prefecture, as a Typhoon on 23 August. On 24 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 158km west of Amami islands and it had max. sust. Winds of 204 km/h.
• Over the next 24h, GONI is forecast to move north-east towards western Kyushu in southern mainland Japan, passing west of the rest of Okinawa prefecture and west of Kagoshima prefecture islands, as well. Its intensity will decrease, but it will remain a Typhoon. It may reach Kyushu on late 24 August.
Despite not making landfall, Typhoon Goni caused torrential rains over Luzon and the Batanes islands. 12 862 people were evacuated. 10 people have been reported dead, three persons are missing and seven have been injured.
With current sustained winds of 140 km/h Typhoon Goni is expected to leave the Philippines Area of Responsibility Sunday night/Monday morning, heading towards northern Japan.
Manila, Philippines | AFP | Sunday 8/23/2015 - 08:56 GMT
A weakened Typhoon Goni was headed towards Japan on Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.
By Sunday afternoon the storm was 240 kilometres ((149 miles) east of Taiwan's capital Taipei and was moving north at 19 miles an hour, the island's Central Weather Bureau said.
• Typhoon GONI weakened as it approached the Babuyan group of islands in the Strait of Luzon. On 21 August, at 6.00 UTC, its centre was located 40km south-east of Babuyan Island and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 185km/h.
Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 8/22/2015 - 15:24 GMT
by Joel GUINTO
Ten people were killed while thousands fled to higher ground as powerful typhoon Goni brought torrential rains to the northern Philippines, triggering landslides and floods, officials said Saturday.
Nine people died in Mountain Province and Benguet in the northern highlands after their houses were buried in rocks and mud. A man was killed in nearby Ilocos Norte province after he was hit by a falling tree, the national disaster council said in a report.
Manila, Philippines | AFP | Friday 8/21/2015 - 10:33 GMT
Two people were killed while thousands were evacuated as powerful typhoon Goni approached the Philippines and Taiwan on Friday, authorities said.
In the Philippine highland town of Itogon, two construction workers died after a landslide buried their roadside tent in rocks and mud. Close to 400 people in flood-prone towns were moved to shelters, police and disaster officials said.
Cuba – Drought
• Lack of rain from May to June has affected 68% of the country (11 provinces).
• Authorities refer to the current drought as the worst in the last 115 years. In Guantanamo, water usually used for agriculture is now used for human consumption.
• GONI (named “**INENG**” in the Philippines) formed over the northern Pacific Ocean, south-east of Guam, on 14 August. From there, it started moving north-west, intensifying.
• Typhoon SOUDELOR made landfall in Hualien county (Taiwan, late 7 August) and Fujian province (south-eastern mainland China, 8 August UTC), affecting the areas along its path with heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge.
• SOUDELOR is moving west-northwest over the Philippine Sea towards Taiwan, as an intense Typhoon. On 7 August, at 6.00 UTC it had max. sustained winds of 204 km/h (equivalent to Category 3).
Beijing, China | AFP | Sunday 8/9/2015 - 17:22 GMT
Typhoon Soudelor killed 14 people in eastern China and four are missing after parts of the country were hit by the heaviest rains in a century, state media reported Sunday.
Twelve of the casualties were reported in and around Wenzhou city in the province of Zhejiang, where downpours caused mudslides and several houses collapsed on Saturday night, Xinhua news agency said.
It added that in the neighbouring city of Lishui, two people were also killed.
By Michael Gold and Yimou Lee
TAIPEI/YILAN, Taiwan, Aug 8 (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to six.
Four people were missing and 101 were injured, authorities said. Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled and more than 9,900 people were evacuated from their homes.
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