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    The Swinden Group Advises that Typhoon Parma may have Devastating Effects on northern Philippines an

     

    Torrential rains and hurricane storm force winds may batter Luzon, Philippines and Taiwan to cause widespread damage – travelers may have to fend for themselves.

     

                                                                                                                          

    Evergreen, CO, September 30, 2009 – The Swinden Group, through their Severe Weather Advisories, is advising interests and travelers in Luzon, Philippines and Taiwan to be prepared for effects of potentially disastrous Typhoon Parma as it travels northwestward in the Western Pacific towards the Philippines and Taiwan.

                                                   

    As of 1500 GMT September 30, 2009, Typhoon Parma, with sustained winds of 85 mph, is located about 160 nautical miles north-northwest of Palau. Parma is a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale of 1 to 5 and is expected to intensify to at least a category 3 storm.

    Over the next several days, Typhoon Parma will track towards Luzon, Philippines while intensifying and could come dangerously close to Luzon battering the region with torrential rains triggering life-threatening flooding and mudslides. Once past Luzon, Typhoon Parma is expected to track towards Taiwan reaching the region early next week.

    “As Typhoon Parma travels closer to the Philippines, the immediate threat from this storm will be the possibility of torrential rains causing widespread flooding for central and northern Philippines,” explains Matthew Swinden, President of the Swinden Group. “If Parma continues on its forecasted track, it will skirt by Luzon, Philippines on Friday and Saturday. Even with a near miss, damage to the infrastructure due to widespread flooding could be a threat as we saw with Tropical Storm Ketsana last week. Travel in and out of Luzon may be hampered over the weekend and into early next week. We have been urging our clients to have a plan in place in the event they need to leave the area. Those that are remaining to ride out the storm should be prepared to be self sufficient, and fend for themselves for at least 72 hours if not longer.”

    While Parma may prove to be a near miss for the Philippines, Taiwan may experience a direct hit. The Swinden Group is advising their clients to prepare for the worst in Taiwan as Parma may have devastating effects upon the region if it makes a direct strike.

    “While Parma is not expected to reach Taiwan until early next week, if the computer models are correct in their forecast, the typhoon will come dangerously close, if not make landfall on Taiwan as a dangerous category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale,” says Swinden. “We are urging our clients to monitor the progress of Parma and to be ready to evacuate the area or to alter their travel plans if necessary.”

    Severe Weather Advisories is a subscription based service provided by the Swinden Group to corporations and business travelers so that they are prepared for severe weather that may negatively impact business and travel.

    The Swinden Group provides companies and organizations security, investigations, and risk management services worldwide. Severe Weather Advisories are provided to business travelers and corporations in order for them to prepare for travel or business impacting weather events.

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    Contact:

    Matthew Swinden

    The Swinden Group, LLC

    Phone: 303-406-3622                    

    Web: www.TheSwindenGroup.com

    Email: matt@TheSwidnenGroup.com

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