Update: Palau is Set to Get Lashed By A “One in A Million” Typhoon

December 2, 2012
Oceania TV News

The air that now blankets Palau is warm, dry, still, and disturbingly ominous.  Palau’s sky has reason to brood for in less than 24 hours Typhoon Bopha is predicted to make landfall on the tiny nation of the Republic of Palau with a near direct hit.  This typhoon has been securing strength and intensity while at sea and is expected to be a monster typhoon with a violent entry.

Palau residents encouraged to prepare for Typhoon Bopha, Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach, Palau scuba diving, palaudiving.wordpress.com

Palau residents encouraged to prepare for Typhoon Bopha

As of 4am on December 2, 2012,  this typhoon is predicted to sustain 150-mph winds and 180-mph gusts when it reaches Palau on early morning Monday.  If that were not enough, storm force winds extend out from the center to 120 miles and maximum wave height is now estimated at 48 feet.

Typhoon Bopha defies all parameters with intense rainfall, huge diameters and fierce, harnessed winds.  Yet, what makes Typhoon Bopha a “typhoon in a million” is that it has developed five-degrees from the equator, an area which is covered by the “Coriolis force.”   The Coriolis effect forces a counterclockwise rotation for all storms in the Northern Hemisphere (storms south of the equator rotate clockwise).   According to Wikpedia, since records began, only thirteen tropical cyclones have ever existed between 5°N and 5°S of the equator.

Palau lies on the edge of the typhoon belt and has never seen a typhoon of this magnitude.


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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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