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Irenea L. Corporal-Lodangco, Lance M. Leslie, and Peter J. Lamb

1. Introduction The loss of life and damage to property caused by tropical cyclones (TCs) in the Philippine region are well known (e.g., www.ndrrmc.gov.ph ). The Philippines is situated in the western North Pacific (WNP), the most active TC basin in the world. The country is affected by about 18 TCs every year, mostly of typhoon intensity, constituting ~70% of all WNP TCs ( Corporal-Lodangco 2014 ). The strong winds and torrential rain from TCs produce flooding, storm surges, and landslides

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