Friday, December 14, 2012

Typhoon BophaDeath Toll In Philippines Climbs to More Than 600900 - updated 12/14/2012

The creation of a hurricane needs a lot of energy. And a stronger and/or bigger storm of course requires more energy. In a case like this, where one of the usual sources of energy (rotation of the earth) is small, other sources must be bigger. Global warming is causing warmer ocean waters (duh!), which should result in a larger number of "unusual" events like this.

De. 14, 2012

By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News

Typhoon Bopha killed more than 900 people and left almost 80,000 others homeless in the Philippines, the government said Thursday, a week and a half after the storm devastated large parts of the southeast Asian island nation.

The death toll, which the government set Thursday at 902, is likely to rise significantly, as 934 other people remained unaccounted for. More than 2,600 people were injured.

Dec 9, 7:40 PM (ET)


(AP) Residents affected by typhoon Bopha crowd as relief goods are distributed at New Bataan township,...
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NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) - The number of people missing after a typhoon devastated the Philippines jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea, officials said.

The fishermen from southern General Santos city and nearby Sarangani province left a few days before Typhoon Bopha hit the main southern island of Mindanao on Tuesday, Civil Defense chief Benito Ramos said. The death toll has already surpassed 600, mostly from flash floods that wiped away precarious communities in the southern region unaccustomed to typhoons.

By BULLIT MARQUEZ 12/07/12 07

Rescuers were digging through mud and debris Friday to retrieve more bodies strewn across a farming valley in the southern Philippines by a powerful typhoon. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing.

More than 310,000 people have lost their homes since Typhoon Bopha struck Tuesday and are crowded inside evacuation centers or staying with their relatives, relying on food and emergency supplies being rushed in by government agencies and aid groups.

Fatal storms and typhoons blowing from the Pacific are common in the Philippines, but most of them hit northern and central areas, and southern Mindanao Island is usually spared.


Strengthening Typhoon Bopha may strike Philippines second time, this time in north
Posted on December 8, 2012 by top99news

Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:21 PM GMT on December 05, 2012

The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Bopha has risen to at 370, with hundreds more missing. Bopha (called "Pablo" in the Philippines), slammed ashore on the Philippine island of Mindanao at 4:45 am local time on Tuesday morning as a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Bopha is only Category 5 typhoon on record to make landfall on Mindanao, which rarely sees strong typhoons due to its position close to the Equator.


Posted by: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:00 PM GMT on December 04, 2012


Bopha, a Cambodian word for flower or a girl, became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth's rotation to get themselves spinning. Bopha became the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon on Monday at 7.4°N latitude. The record is held by Typhoon Louise of 1964, which was a Category 5 storm at 7.3°N.

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