Why the Philippines is Being Battered By Yet Another Fearsome Typhoon
The country sees an average of 20 typhoons a year thanks to its position in the Pacific Ocean.
For storms like hurricanes and typhoons, as in real estate, it's all about location, location, location. Unfortunately for the Philippines—which is being battered by Typhoon Koppu—the island nation is in a prime spot to get hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year.
Koppu made landfall early Sunday morning local time as a strong category 3 with winds nearing 124 miles (200 kilometers) per hour. The storm, known as Lando in the Philippines, toppled trees and buildings, killing a 14-year-old boy and a 62-year-old woman. Torrential rains have flooded entire towns and displaced tens of thousands of people.
Evaporation of warm water fuels these disastrous storms, which are alternately known as hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones. Water temperatures around the Philippines