The first super typhoon of the season in the West Pacific is closely approaching the Central Philippines this weekend.
On Sunday morning local time, the super typhoon further intensified, attaining maximum sustained winds of 190 mph (305 kph). This is equivalent to a strong category 5 Atlantic hurricane.
Surigae is now the strongest typhoon on record for the month of April, surpassing Typhoon Maysak in 2015, among several others which had maximum sustained winds of 173 mph (278 kph), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration historical hurricane database.
The current track has Surigae maintaining this strength for at least the next 12 hours before weakening somewhat while passing 183 miles (295 km) east of the Catanduanes region of the Philippines by late Sunday local time.
Based on the closeness of Surigae to eastern sections of the Philippines, a signal 2 alert has been issued for parts of Luzon, Visayas, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Mindanao, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
This means winds over 37 mph and up to 75 mph (over 60 kph and up to 120 kph) are expected within the next 24 hours. Additionally, heavy rainfall is expected in these areas that could produce flooding, flash flooding and rain-induced landslides.
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