Typhoon Surigae has hits Palau and is heading for the Philippines.
Typhoon Surigae, previously a tropical storm, is rapidly gaining strength and is set to intensify further over the weekend as it churns through the western Pacific Ocean. Late Saturday into Sunday, it could sideswipe the Philippines and bring gusty winds, heavy rain and rough surf. While it will be a close call, the storm’s worst conditions, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, should stay out to sea. Surigae was first named on Tuesday and now ranks as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph. It was located about 150 miles north-northeast of Palau, an island nation in the western tropical Pacific, and has already passed well southwest of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.