The Philippines is bracing for the first major typhoon of the 2015 summer season, as Supertyphoon Maysak blows in from the central Pacific Ocean.
Maysak is forecast to hit the West coast of Luzon Island on Sunday, in roughly the same place and with a similar impact as Typhoon Kalmaegi, which made landfall last September and killed 12 people, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center said Wednesday that Maysak would weaken before making landfall in Luzon with wind speeds of around 160 kilometers per hour.
It is then forecast to continue weakening as it travels westward across Luzon, before heading out to sea again on Monday.
The Philippines is affected by around 20 typhoons every year, of which between five and 10 typically make landfall with varying degrees of intensity.
In November 2013, Supertyphoon Haiyan devastated the country’s central Visayas region.
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