Typhoon Koppu Makes Landfall in the Philippines

Clean up begins after a powerful typhoon slams the Philippines.

Typhoon Melor made landfall in the Philippines Monday, with winds equivalent to a category four hurricane. More than 700,000 people were evacuated as the storm approached the northern coast of Samar.

Known in the Philippines as Nona and internationally as Typhoon Melor, the storm also brings the threat of torrential rainfall across the heart of the Philippine archipelago. Archipelago refers to a group of islands.

Situated in an area of the Western Pacific that some meteorologists describe as a "bowling alley" for these types of storms, the Philippines experience around twenty typhoons in the area each year.

Instructional Links

Map: Philippine Weather


Webpage Article: World Factbook: Philippines


Webpage Article: National Geographic Education, Archipelago


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