A mega-storm that’s supposedly fiercer than Hurricane Matthew and Nicole has hit the U.S. West Coast. Though America’s 2016 weather season has witnessed the wrath of the two typhoons, the super-tornado is said to dwarf the two
While multiple reports had earlier labeled Typhoon Songda as the “biggest storm in history,” it is apparent the remnants of the typhoon can be faced by preparing for the impact, cautioned the National Weather Service (NWS).
The remnants of the Typhoon Songda hit coastal regions of the U.S. this weekend with fierce winds and rains, spinning off two tornadoes in Oregon and pummeling northwest Washington. The Pacific Northwest regions have had to bear the brunt of the typhoon that had passed harmlessly off the Japanese coast over the course of several days. However, its impact on the West Coast is said to be one of the fiercest in recent history.
The NWS had issued high wind warnings and advisories in parts of the west, as far south as the Sierra. The service had earlier cautioned of high winds ranging from 30 to 70 mph. However, by late Thursday, the winds had surpassed 80 mph in some regions. But in majority of the other regions, winds ranged from 40 to 50 mph.
Typhoon Songda made its way across the Pacific Ocean and missed Japan, taking a wide turn and picking up speed and growing in intensity. The typhoon originated over 5,000 miles away and steered clear of land for a long time. However, the West Coast of the United States is directly in its path. The remnants of the typhoon had already hit Seattle, striking an Oregon beach town late Friday, reported The Guardian.
Heavy rain and high winds have hit multiple regions ranging from Washington State to Northern California. The winds have already uprooted several trees and knocked down power lines, leaving several citizens without electricity and access to essential services, reported CBS News.
The remnant of Typhoon Songda is the second of a double-punch of typhoon-related wild weather to hit America’s West Coast. The typhoon has already caused the development of two tornadoes that have been pummeling Oregon and northwest Washington. So far, close to 50 people had to be rescued in the region. The Coast Guard has been actively pulling out people stranded due to fallen trees and structures that had suffered serious structural damage.
So far the tornadoes have damaged more than two dozen homes. Several homes have had their roofs and windows torn apart, while fallen telephone and electricity poles could be seen in several regions. As expected, local law enforcement and emergency personnel have been ensuring the stranded people have a roof over their head and the homeless have a place to sleep. A Red Cross shelter was opened in a church for the displaced, while the local homeless shelters were busy adding more slots to accommodate the swelling population that was looking to protect itself from the relentless rain and strong winds.
The remnants of Typhoon Songda drenched Washington, all the way down to California. There have been multiple warnings of high seas potentially reaching 30 feet or higher, but that hasn’t happened yet. However, some coastal regions have experienced mild to severe flooding along areas of Washington, reported CNN Weather. A third storm is expected to pass through the Pacific Northwest next week, cautioned CNN.
Some reports had attempted to hype the intensity of the typhoon, claiming winds as fast as 150 mph could hit the West Coast and waves as high as 50 feet could lash the beaches. However, experts have dismissed such claims, cautioning Americans that the typhoon could be survived by following standard safety protocols. Nonetheless, NWS’s Portland office did confirm that it broke its record for the most tornado warnings in a day.
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