Friday, June 20, 2008
Typhoon Fengshen
“The storm has also gone against all computer guidance and tracked farther west rather than turn north.”

-- Ross Hayes Jr, CNN Weather Producer

Not much advance notice here, but Typhoon Fengshen made landfall in the central Philippines late Thursday afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds were near 140 km/hr with gusts of 170 km/hr.

Hardest hit was Samar where torrential rain and the highest winds have been reported. Waves between 4 and 6.5 meters are pounding the shores of Samar, Visayas and Mindanao.

Authorities issued warnings to people living in areas prone to flooding and mudslides. As Fengshen moves generally north across the country, heavy rain will continue to affect the region, including the capital Manila through the weekend.

IReporter Onyl Malaban sent these pictures from Manila yesterday afternoon.

More heavy rain is expected today, and PAGASA is forecasting winds up to 75 km/hr in Metro Manila.

Fengshen is called "Frank" in the Philippines.

-- From CNN Weather Anchor, Mari Ramos
The Philippines government should intervene with the MV Princess of Stars in charge. the Ferry should not leave if they know there is a` bad weather or a Typhoon. but yet the Ferry is so old the company do not care of the people on board all they care if something happened to the Ferry and the Insurance would just give them there money for the lost of the Ferry and the people that died don't matter to them and the family only get paid for a minimum amount. I am a Filipino and I am glad to live here in the US got tired of the philippines to much corruption.
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