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Overall Green alert Tropical Cyclone for SANBA-18
in Philippines, Palaufrom 08 Feb 2018 18:00 UTC to 13 Feb 2018 12:00 UTC
Storm surge for tropical cyclone SANBA-18

Green alert for storm surge impact in Philippines

The JRC has developed an experimental global storm surge model, which is run after each advisory issued by the regional tropical cyclone centres. The calculations are published about 20 minutes after a new advisory is detected by GDACS. The calculations identify the populated places affected by storm surge up to three days in advance, using the forecasted track. When forecasts change, the associated storm surge changes too and alert levels may go up or down.

This report is for advisory number 20 of tropical cyclone SANBA-18 issued at 13 Feb 2018 12:00:00 (GDACS Event ID 1000435). However, the calculation for advisory number is not completed. Therefore, the latest available calculation is shown. All links, data, statistics and maps refer to the latest available calculation.


Current impact estimate:

  • Population affected by cyclone-strength winds (>120km/h): No people affected
  • Saffir-Simpson Category: Tropical storm
  • Maximum sustained wind speed: 83 km/h
  • The maximum Storm surge height is  0.4m in Jaro, Philippines. This height is estimated for 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00.


Previous calculations: see calculation for advisory number 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

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Storm surge

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Storm surge maximum height
Storm surge maximum height (Source: JRC)
Storm surge animation
Storm surge animation (Source: JRC)

Affected locations

Date Name Country Storm surge height (m)
13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Jaro Philippines  0.4m
13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 Estado Philippines  0.4m
13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 Anilao Philippines  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Ba Dong Vietnam  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Thanh Phong Vietnam  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Ap Cai Gia Vietnam  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Ap Con Cu Vietnam  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Ap Ca Coi Vietnam  0.3m
13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Bien Unido Philippines  0.3m
14 Feb 2018 21:00:00 Bonobono Philippines  0.3m
14 Feb 2018 21:00:00 Malihud Philippines  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Ap An Thuan Vietnam  0.3m
17 Feb 2018 18:00:00 Xom Cua Tieu Vietnam  0.3m
13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 Banate Philippines  0.3m
Locations affected by Storm surge (15 of 468)
Calculation based on advisory number 21 of 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00.
(Simulation using 0.5 minute resolution)

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More information

The atmospheric forcing included in the storm surge model are the pressure drop and the wind-water friction. The effects of the short waves induced by the wind (wave setup) and the precipitations are not yet implemented in the model. The model has been validated mainly in areas of shallow water (Caribbean, Bay of Bengal). Results in other basins may be inaccurate.

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