Tropical Storm Nalgae Leaves Dozens Dead, 170000 in Evacuation Centers

Weather tracker:

Tropical Storm Nalgae swept through the Philippines on Saturday, bringing sustained winds of 60mph.

Heavy rain caused the most damage, with significant flooding and landslides. Dozens of people have died and 170,000 sought shelter in evacuation centres.

Forecast models estimated that between 200mm and 300mm of rain fell in places over a 24-hour period, more than six times the October daily average.

It was the 16th tropical cyclone to have affected the Philippines this season.

The storm is tracking across the East China Sea and is expected to intensify into a category 1 cyclone for a short time before weakening again as it approaches mainland China.

The associated rain will affect eastern parts of Taiwan and the coastal Chinese province of Guangdong early this week.

Western areas of New Zealand’s South Island will be hit by heavy and persistent rain pushing in from the Tasman Sea this week.

Significant rainfall accumulation is expected, with about 200mm possible in the 48 hours to Thursday evening in parts of the Westland district.

Azure Prior MetDes.

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