Just days after Typhoon Molave hit the Philippines, a new storm is intensifying and taking aim at the northern part of the country. Typhoon Goni is forecast to reach 241 kph winds on U.S. scales, weakening only slightly as it nears central Luzon, north of Manila, early next week, according to the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center. A storm of this strength could cause catastrophic damage—destroying buildings, toppling trees and devastating the area. Authorities claim Goni could cause as much as $7 billion in losses and damages—at a time when the country is recovering from Molave, which damaged nearly 23,500 houses.
At this time, Goni is tracking to pass to the north of Manila, which most likely won’t experience a lot of damage. After crossing the Philippines, Goni will likely hit Vietnam, which has been hit hard by tropical cyclones this year.
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