A new wave is on the rise in the Pacific, and it’s bringing a whole new set of threats.
In this installment of a weekly series on the threat of typhoon activity, we take a look at how it might affect the region and the people in the region.
The first two storms were centered on the Philippines and brought heavy rain and flash flooding to coastal areas.
Tropical storm Jose was stronger, and now the Philippines is on track to receive two additional typhoons in just two weeks.
The first storm, Jose, which brought up to 5.5 inches of rain and winds of 65 mph, touched down on the south-central Philippines on Friday afternoon, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to coastal towns in the central and southern parts of the country.
Jose left a trail of destruction in its wake as it moved inland, causing at least 1,000 deaths.
Jose’s eye crossed the coastline of the Philippines on Saturday morning, and the winds picked up quickly, reaching the region by Sunday morning.
By Sunday afternoon, Jose had moved inland again, and by Sunday evening, it was moving toward the southern island of Luzon.
In the Philippine Islands, Jose has strengthened to Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.
The storm has a wind speed of 65-75 mph and has maximum sustained winds of more than 110 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Jose is moving southeast at 5 mph, and winds are expected to intensify over the next couple of days, the NHC said.
The eye is moving west-northwest at 25 mph, with gusts to 40 mph and sustained winds to 130 mph.
The second storm, Tropical Storm Jose, was a much smaller storm than Jose, and was centered in the tropical Pacific Ocean off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storm José was forecast to reach the central Pacific Coast on Monday, and Jose’s eye will move over the region over the coming days.
Jose is forecast to be a tropical storm with maximum sustained wind speeds of 80 mph, hurricane-force winds, and storm surge of 15 feet, according the NCC.
Jose was originally expected to bring up to 2 inches of rainfall in some areas, according with the NCCC.
Jose will continue to move eastward over the Pacific on Monday and Tuesday, with a peak wind speed over 65 mph on Monday evening, the agency said.
The National Weather Service said that the tropical cyclone could become a hurricane by Wednesday afternoon.
The agency also issued a tropical depression watch for the area, with maximum winds of 80-85 mph.
Jose was a Category 2 storm on the National Weather Services scale on Monday night.
The tropical storm was centered over the Central Pacific Coast, with sustained winds at 70 mph, the storm surge over 12 feet, and an eye that moved west-southwest, according an advisory from the NWS.
Jose has already caused damage in parts of Papua, Nauru, and Kiribati.
A storm surge in the Papua New Guinean town of Muella was 6 feet high, and a high tide in Kiribato was 7 feet high.
Jose has also caused flooding in Papua New Guyana, causing several homes to be submerged and damaging nearby infrastructure.
The typhoon’s eye has already passed through the Central Highlands of Papua and Papua New Jersey, and has moved across the Central Sierra Nevada mountains into the Pacific Ocean, according NWS officials.
The storm is forecast for landfall sometime in the morning of Wednesday, with high surf and gale force winds, according a NWS advisory.
Jose could be damaging on the Pacific coast of the southern Philippines and the eastern islands of Luz and Palawan.
In Palawan, the Philippine-made Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam is being flooded by Jose, the Philippines News Agency reported.
The dam was inundated with up to 100,000 cubic meters of water from Jose, causing damage to structures including water tanks, power poles, and hydroelectric generators, according ANSA.
Jose also has damaged a portion of a power station in the Philippines, the News Agency said.
Jose also damaged a power generator in Luzon, Palawan Governor Oscar Albayalde said in a statement.
Jose has weakened and is now moving away from the Philippines.