Typhoon batters the Mariana Islands with damaging winds and flooding rain over the weekend, the eye of Goni will track just north of the Philippines’ Luzon Island through Friday.
Twin typhoons Goni and Atsani are churning through the tropical western Pacific Ocean. One is beginning to affect the northern Philippines and Taiwan and will also affect Japan’s Ryukyu Islands this weekend. The other may affect another set of Japanese islands but appears unlikely to make a direct hit on land.
Goni will remain north of Luzon; however, the large size of the storm will cause strong winds and torrential rain. This typhoon will have its impact on the northern and northwestern parts of the island as well as the Babuyan Islands to the north of the main island of Luzon.
A total of 150 to 300 mm (6 to 12 inches) of rain with locally higher amounts is expected across northern and northwestern Luzon, dramatically heightening concerns for flash flooding and mudslides.
Wind gusts of 95 to 130 kph (60 to 80 mph) will whip the northeastern tip of Luzon with more destructive winds targeting the Babuyan Islands. Also through Friday, Goni may approach super typhoon intensity.
Sunday into Monday, the worst of Goni’s impacts will shift into northern Taiwan and Japan’s Ryukyu Islands. While northern Taiwan will be spared the worst of the storm, the Ryukyu Islands will not be as lucky.