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    Typhoon Could Strike Philippines Late Week

    By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com senior meteorologist
    December 15, 2011, 4:28:41 AM EST

    A typhoon could set sights on the southern Philippines by Friday if the latest Pacific tropical cyclone develops according to forecasts.

    The likely path and strength of this weather system would make for damaging wind and flooding rain reaching southeastern Philippines as early as Friday.

    As of Tuesday, Tropical Depression 27W was over the western Pacific Ocean about 550 miles east of Palau, Micronesia, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said. Movement was towards the west at more than 20 mph.

    TD 27W should pass Palau as a strengthening tropical storm as early as Thursday morning. The cyclone could then reach southern Philippines, such as northern Mindanao, with winds of hurricane strength on Friday.

    The western Pacific Ocean, on average, sees typhoons on a frequency of a little more than once every December, tropical cyclone statistics show. Seas east of the Philippines are among those most likely to host at typhoon this late in the year.

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