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Monday, October 05, 2009

Is Parma returning to Luzon??

Tropical Storm Parma tore a path of destruction along the north coast of the Philippine Island of Luzon as a Category 2 typhoon. Parma moved into the South China Sea and stalled. We have been getting strile probability reports for the past few days indicating that Parma is going to make landfall a second time in the Philippines. Originally, storm track predictions indicated that Parma would move on to Taiwan.

Instead Tropical Storm Parma is drenching Taiwan and slowly drifting back towards the western coast of Luzon.

Storm stalls off Philippines, drenches Taiwan (AP)
Typhoon Parma weakened into a tropical storm but lingered off the northern Philippine coast Monday, causing widespread flooding and landslides that have killed 16 in the country and churning up rough seas that sank a cargo ship off neighboring Taiwan.

The Taiwanese coast guard said 10 crew members of a Panamanian cargo ship are missing after the vessel sank in the Taiwan Strait near the Bashi channel, which separates the island from the Philippines.

Chief Philippine government forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said Parma headed northwest into the South China Sea after blowing across the country's north, which is still reeling from an earlier storm that killed almost 300 people. Parma was now almost still because Typhoon Melor, which blew into Philippine waters Monday from the west, was pulling it back toward the coast.

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