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Severe Tropical Storm Juaning Crosses The Philippines

STS Juaning and another Tropical Depression in the Pacific Ocean courtesy Japan Meteorological Agency

Severe Tropical Storm Juaning (also known as Nock-Ten) is currently crossing the Philippines. According to PAGASA, the Philippine atmospheric administration, the storm was 60 km Northeast of Baguio City (16.8°N 121.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the centre and gusts of up to 100 kph as of 16:00 local time on 27th July 2011. It is forecast to move Northwest at 17 kph.

The Philippine National Disaster Council has reported 20 people dead, 31 casualties and 9 missing as a result of the storm. Over 645,000 are estimated to have been directly affected by the storm and a number of vehicles are stranded containing over 1000 passengers. Some mountain roads are currently impassable.

The storm has weakened slightly after making landfall. It is forecast to cross the South China Sea and make landfall on the border between Vietnam and China. Another Tropical Depression is forming in the ocean off the Philippines, visible on the satellite image above.

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