Noru became a super typhoon in 6 hours. Scientists say powerful storms are becoming harder to forecast
But even they were stunned by the intensity of Typhoon Noru, known locally as Typhoon Karding, that turned from a typhoon into a super typhoon in just six hours before hitting the region earlier this week.
Typhoon Noru made landfall in the Philippines in the evening on September 25 as the equivalent of a Category 4 storm.
earth observatory/NASAFrom storm to super typhoonWhen Azul received warning that Typhoon Noru was approaching the Philippines last Saturday, he began his usual preparations of setting up his generator and tying down loose items.
At that stage, Noru was predicted to make landfall on Sunday as the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane.
Typhoon Noru toppled beach huts and coconut trees at Sugod Beach and Food Park on Polillo Island, Quezon province, in the Philippines.
The typhoon damaged the resort town, as strong winds toppled beach huts and damaged nearby fishing cages.
Typhoon Noru lashed through Sugod Beach and Food Park on Polillo Island, Quezon province, in the Philippines.
High winds brought by Typhoon Noru flattened rice fields at the Ladrido Farm in Laur, Nueva Ecija ,in the Philippines.
She says in that time, typhoons have become harder to forecast, and her community has no choice but to prepare for the worst.
“The typhoons are definitely getting stronger because of climate change, and getting harder to predict,” she said.
Residents wade through waist-deep flood waters after Super Typhoon Noru, in San Miguel, Bulacan province, Philippines, September 26, 2022.
But he also seemed to acknowledge the unpredictability of the storms that regularly threaten the Philippine coast, and the need to always be prepared.