Super Typhoon Chanthu makes landfall in the Philippines with 260kph windspeed before heading to Taiwan

Super Typhoon Chanthu made landfall in the far northern Philippines on Saturday, bringing destructive winds and heavy rain to the archipelago.

Typhoon Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, was one of the strongest storms this year, with sustained winds of 260 kph before landfall.

It is expected to move toward nearby Taiwan later on Saturday, with authorities issuing sea and land warnings for southern Pingtung and Taitung County.

Chanthu made landfall over the Batanes islands about 8:30am local time, according to the Philippine weather bureau PAGASA. It issued a Signal 4 warning for the Batanes area, which denotes “very destructive typhoon-force winds.”

The northeastern part of the Babuyan Islands, also in the far north of the archipelago, was under a Signal 3 warning at landfall, in which “destructive typhoon-force winds” were expected, before being downgraded to a Signal 2.

Impacted areas can also expect torrential rainfall and a moderate to high risk of a “life-threatening storm surge” of 2 to 3 meters throughout Saturday. There is also a risk of flash flooding and landslides due to the heavy rain.

To the south, the capital metro Manila was warned of enhanced monsoon rains.


Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau on Saturday downgraded Chanthu to a medium typhoon, saying it was losing strength as it headed up the Bashi Channel that separates Taiwan from the Philippines.

Weather conditions are still expected to diminish across Taiwan on Saturday as the storm approaches the southern coast, but the Central Weather Bureau said it was unlikely to make direct landfall.

Speaking to Taiwan’s state-run Central News Agency on Thursday, Central Weather Bureau forecaster Wu Wan-hua said she expected to see torrential rain across the southern part of the island.

This amount of extreme rainfall could lead to flash flooding and mudslides in Taiwan’s high terrain.

Taiwanese airlines canceled their Saturday afternoon domestic flights, though there was only limited impact on international services, according to Reuters.

As Chanthu tracks along the east coast of Taiwan, the land interaction could weaken the system even further, however it will remain an intense typhoon as it impacts Taiwan over a 24-hour period.

The official forecast has the system weakening as it tracks north toward China into early next week. Chanthu could stall just off the coast of Shanghai by Monday or Tuesday, which would bring heavy rain and flooding concern to this region as well.