Tropical storm floods, knocks out power in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities. There were no immediate reports of casualties from slowmoving Tropical Storm Linfa, which set off minor landslides in at least two mountainous provinces, officials said. The storm, which had sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour and gusts of 100 km/h was expected to start blowing away from the country on Monday, according to government forecasters. Melchito Castro, a regional disaster-response agency chief, said the entirety La Union province lost power as the storm lashed, he said.