Typhoon Haima pummels Philippines aft Sarika
Typhoon Haima began its onslaught of the northern Philippines island of Luzon on Wednesday, days after Typhoon Sarika killed three people in the country.
Haima, known locally as “Lawin,” hit Cagayan province on the northeastern end of the archipelago on Wednesday eveing with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. As many as 2.7 million people are expected to be affected by the typhoon across seven Filipino provinces before it veers towards the China coast by this evening. Thousands of villagers in the northern provinces, especially in landslide-prone towns, were evacuated ahead of the storm. Many clambered on trucks with their children and bags of clothes, sleeping mats and cooking pots to be taken to emergency shelters, according to the Associated Press. On Tuesday, 278 passengers became stranded at Tabaco City port in Albay after the Philippine Coast Guard did not allow a vessel to depart due to the approaching storm, Philstar.com reports. The first signal was issued for 12 areas and, as a precaution, classes in all public and private preschools were automatically suspended.
Rainfall flooding and landslides would also be major threats in Luzon, given the saturated ground from Sarika.