Philippines Typhoon

October 18, 2010 by  

Philippines TyphoonPhilippines Typhoon, (UKPA) – Super Typhoon Megi has slammed ashore along the Philippine coast northeast with winds of 140 mph – the strongest hurricane to hit the country over the years.

Thousands have sought shelter while authorities warned residents and millions of rice farmers along the path of the typhoon to look out for damage to crops, homes and power lines.

Weather forecaster Robert Sawi said the eye of the typhoon made landfall at midday local time Palanan Bay in the province of Isabela.

As he crossed the northern main island of Luzon, Mr. Sawi warned against possible floods and landslides, especially in the Cordillera.

Areas devastated by floods in China and Vietnam have also been preparing for more rain from the storm powerful.

Megi was moving towards southern China, which has already evacuated more than 100,000 people in the villages due to flooding earlier, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

With his fierce wind and heavy rain, Megi has become the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in four years, government forecasters say. A howler 2006 with 155 mph winds left mudslides that buried entire villages, killing almost 1,000 people.

Weather officials issued the Philippines highest storm alert service to four levels to the two coastal provinces of Isabela and Cagayan provinces and three mountain where the typhoon is expected to pass before leaving the main island of Luzon in northern South China Sea.

More than 3,000 people in coastal areas moved to town halls and school buildings that were converted into evacuation centers. Classes and outdoor activities were canceled and officials advised families to have someone to stay awake all night for any eventuality.

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