Top 10 Most Destructive Typhoons of 2010
After the surge of destructive typhoons of the past year, Filipinos have learned their lesson in emergency preparedness. The media and government units have disseminated information and training to the regional areas before they were affected by natural calamities. Many families have been affected, but there were very few casualties from the destructive typhoons of 2010.
Typhoon Basyang at 80 mph is the most destructive typhoon in the Philippines for 2010. It affected the provinces of Quezon and Bataan and also hit the islands of Calaguas and Balesin. It incurred 8.2 million USD in damages and claimed the lives of 37 casualties, most of whom are fishermen.
Manila and Northern Luzon were not spared as well. Major power lines were knocked down leaving 40 million citizens in the dark. This damage to power has caused fury among citizens over PAGASA's failure to predict the storm's path.
The less windy twin of Typhoon Glenda, Tropical Storm Florita had 60 mph maximum wind speed. It claimed 28 fatalities, 14 of which were children from Northern Luzon drowned by floods. Others died because of landslides. Its heavy rains caused intense flooding that injured 20 people and 9 were reported missing in the province of Ilocos.
Typhoon Juan arrived mid-October bursting at 145 mph maximum wind speed. It made land fall on the Sierra Madre mountain range in Luzon. However, it cut off the power supplies in Cagayan Valley and Isabela, killed 19 people, and caused 34 million USD worth of damage to infrastructure.
The last storm to visit the month of July was Tropical Storm Caloy. Despite its 80 mph winds, it caused the most damage to the province of Aurora. It also caused devastating landslides in the provinces of Benguet, and Nueva Ecija andkilled 12 people at its wake.
Tropical Storm Domeng, at 40 mph, did not cause much damage to infrastructure as it hit the Babuyan Islands early in August. It is one of the wettest typhoons that hit the country and 3 people died because of it.
Tropical Storm Ester arrived in the Philippine area of responsibility at 65 mph. It claimed 1 death as a freighter capsized in its rough waters. Fifteen more passengers were reported missing. Meanwhile, 200 families from Bulacan were evacuated as precautionary measure to flooding.
Typhoon Inday entered Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) mid-September 2010. It was a powerful typhoon at 110 mph that caused heavy rainfall. However, PAGASA did not raise any storm signal stating that it was too far to affect the country. It did more damage to Taiwan where it made its landfall and killed 141 people.
Typhoon Glenda was one of the windier twin typhoons that arrived in the Philippines at 90 mph. Nevertheless, it affected South Korea more. It only caused minor landslides in the Mountain Province and Ilocos Sur. However, PAGASA did not raise any storm signals and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council]](NDCC) reports no damage to lives or property.
The first weather disturbance to visit the country for 2010 was the 40 mph Tropical Storm Agaton. It caused minimal damage at 100,000 USD to infrastructure and left no victims. When it arrived, it was considered to be the "most welcome" storm as the country had been badly hit by drought due to El Niño Phenomenon. Hopes were dampened, however, as the high pressure area that extended over Northern Luzon hindered it from moving near the country.
The last typhoon to visit the country was Tropical Storm Katring. It is one of the strongest typhoons at 165 mph but it made landfall in Japan. Thus, despite its strength, it caused no damages to property and lives. However, the NDCC advised residents along the coastal areas of Northern and Central Luzon, as well as the Eastern coast of the Bicol region to be alert for big waves.
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