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The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, and consists of about 7,640 islands, that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Wikipedia

Capital: Manila

Dialing code: +63

President: Rodrigo Duterte

Population: 109.6 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Philippine peso

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Tropical Storm SAOLA, known as "Goring" in the Philippines, has taken shape over the northern Philippine Sea, emerging as a concerning weather system with potential impacts on the northern Luzon region. Formed on 22 August, the storm initially moved westward as a tropical depression. As of 25 August at 3.00 UTC, the storm's center is situated over the sea, approximately 230 km north-east of the far north-east coast of Luzon Island, boasting maximum sustained winds of 105 km/h, thus categorizing it as a tropical storm.

Meteorologists project that SAOLA will deviate from its current path, gradually veering southward off the coast of Luzon, roughly 150 km east from its shores, between 25 and 27 August. During this transition, the storm is anticipated to intensify, with maximum sustained winds potentially reaching speeds of up to 195 km/h, thereby classifying it as a typhoon.

The timing of SAOLA's approach is critical as it threatens areas still grappling with the aftermath of Typhoon Doksuri. In response to the impending danger, the Cagayan Valley Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CVRDRRMC) has activated the CHARLIE Protocol (EPR Protocol) and raised the alert level to RED at the CVRDRRM Operation Centre.

Over the next 72 hours, northern and eastern Luzon Island are expected to experience heavy rainfall and powerful winds. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a tropical cyclone alert for these regions, urging residents and authorities to remain vigilant and prepared for potential impacts.

As SAOLA gathers strength and charts its course, authorities are closely monitoring its trajectory and intensification, while residents in the storm's potential path are advised to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of their communities.

 

 

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