Monday, June 23, 2008
Fengshen update
Fengshen is now a tropical storm over the South China Sea. It is moving away from the Philippines.

The weather in the hard-hit areas will slowly continue to improve, though it will take days for the water to recede.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has the storm tracking to the north and through the Taiwan Strait.

Hong Kong should not be affected directly, but could get some strong thunderstorms in the next day or so.

Northeastern Guandong, Fujian and Taiwan are still within the “margin of error” and could have a direct impact.

According to the most recent forecast, Fengshen is not expected to regain typhoon strength.

Here are some of the rainfall totals reported so far:

Roxas 376 mm (14.80”)
Ninoy Aquino Inter-National Airport 168 mm (6.61”)
Alabat 169 mm (6.65”)
Calapan 170 mm (6.69”)
Tanay 160 mm (6.30”)
Subic Bay Weather Station 149 mm (5.87”)
Borongan 154 mm (6.06”)
Guiuan 167 mm (6.57”)
Tacloban 212 mm (8.35”)
Sangley Point 199 mm (7.83")
Tayabas 184 mm (7.24")

IReporter John Layson Guevara sent these images from the Iloilo City in the Philippines

I spoke with John early this morning. He said they were not expecting the typhoon to hit. He lives in an area usually sheltered from such storms.

Most of the damage is from the rain that came fell on the mountains triggering flash floods, he says. His house was not damaged but there are sporadic power outtages.

Many of the bridges that link the city to outside provinces have been washed away and are impassable due to high water.

John is a professional photographer/videographer.

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