الأربعاء، 29 يوليو، 2015

STRONGEST STORM IN THE WORLD SO FAR THIS YEAR


Super Typhoon Soudelor is barrelling towards Taiwan, Japan and China after leaving a trail of destruction in the Northern Marianas islands.
The cyclone has developed into the world's most powerful storm of the year with wind gusts up to 220mph (354kph) that have ripped down telegraph poles and flipped over cars.
A state of emergency has been declared on the islands where hundreds of residents are sheltering in temporary accommodation after the storm tore roofs off homes and caused power cuts.
"I've seen multiple primary power poles down; I've seen cars flipped over the road; I've seen lots of torn roofs," John Hirsh, from the American Red Cross in Saipan, told Pacific Daily News.
According to the National Weather Service, Saipan was hit by waves up to 30ft (nine metres) high.
Saipan resident Jacquelyn Belk said: "The wind busted out my bedroom window and flooded the room. I was terrified that my shutters would break my sliding doors.
"I saw power lines down everywhere and trees blocking roads. Driving around was like a maze just trying to weave around fallen trees."
Food, water and other supplies are being sent to Saipan from Hawaii and Guam together with cots and generators.
Soudelor is forecast to surge west-northwest over the western Pacific Ocean during the next few days where it is expected to weaken before hitting Taiwan at the weekend.

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