20-10-16: Typhoon Haima weakens just before landfall

By Anya Palm

For the past couple of days Filipinos have anxiously followed the weather forecasts to keep updated on Typhoon Haima – or Lawin, as it is called locally. Warnings that Haima could evolve into a super typhoon have been consistent, and that scenario would be catastrophic for the Philippines, which is still recovering from the last super typhoon, Haiyan, in 2013.

Last night Haima made landfall, but the typhoon weakened slightly just before the impact, making a little bit less damage than feared. However, four people lost their lives in yesterday’s extreme weather.