Super Typhoon Goni exploded into Earth’s most powerful storm of 2020 as a category 5 storm with 180 mph winds in the waters to the east of the Philippines, at 11 a.m. EDT Friday, October 30.
Goni is expected to make landfall on Luzon Island in the Philippines on Sunday as a category 4 storm, and pass very close to the capital of Manila at category 1 strength or stronger.
Goni put on an extremely impressive bout of rapid intensification beginning at 0Z October 28, strengthening by 145 mph – from a 30-mph tropical depression to a 175-mph super typhoon, in 54 hours.
Super Typhoon Goni.— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) October 30, 2020
What a monster storm. pic.twitter.com/5c1F53NiDY
According to Sam Lillo, only five storms in the global tropical cyclone database have achieved a 145-mph increase in 54 hours or less: Typhoon Vera in 1959 in the northwest Pacific; Hurricane Linda in 1997 in the northeast Pacific; Cyclone Zoe in 2002 in the southeast Pacific; Hurricane Wilma in 2005 in the Atlantic, and Hurricane Patricia in 2015 in the northeast Pacific.
Goni strengthened from a 25kt depression to 150kt super typhoon in 54 hours.— Sam Lillo (@splillo) October 30, 2020
Only 5 storms in the JTWC
IBTrACS database have achieved a 125kt (145 mph) increase in 54 hours or less:
Vera 1959, WPac
Linda 1997, EPac
Zoe 2002, SPac
Wilma 2005, Atlantic
Patricia 2015, EPac pic.twitter.com/JcmjwRJaPQ
Philippine officials on Saturday ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as the category 5 storm approaches the Southeast Asian nation.
MONSTER Cat 5 Super Typhoon Goni is heading for the Philippines with max sustained winds of 155 knots! The most powerful TC on the planet in 2020. Heading straight for Manila with catastrophic impacts. Wish we could head there and deploy Surginator network. Hope all stay safe pic.twitter.com/Fj2quaic2r— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) October 31, 2020
Pre-emptive evacuations have started in coastal and landslide-prone communities in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, while Albay provincial government would order residents in risky areas to leave their homes. “The strength of this typhoon is no joke,” said a local disaster manager.
A week after deadly Typhoon Molave
Typhoon Molave last week killed 22 people, mostly through drowning in provinces south of the capital Manila, which is also in the projected path of Goni, the 18th tropical storm in the country.
Local officials cancelled port operations and barred fishers from setting sail.
Typhoon Goni, moving westward at 20 kph (12 mph) from the Pacific Ocean, will bring intense rains over the capital and 14 provinces nearby on Saturday evening, and threats of floods and landslides.
Meanwhile, another typhoon, Atsani, is gaining strength just outside the Philippines. Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year.
Typhoon Goni will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Haiyan that killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013. And that is really bad news! More hurricane and typhoon news on Yale Climate Connection, Reuters, Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle.