Ty­phoon kills 12, heads to south­ern China

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

TUGUE­GARAO, PHILIP­PINES » Ty­phoon Mangkhut lashed the north­ern Philip­pines with de­struc­tive winds and heavy rain that set off land­slides and de­stroyed homes on Satur­day, leav­ing at least 12 peo­ple dead as Hong Kong and other parts of south­ern China braced for the pow­er­ful storm.

The most fe­ro­cious ty­phoon to hit the dis­as­ter­prone Philip­pines this year slammed ashore be­fore dawn in Ca­gayan prov­ince on the north­east­ern tip of Lu­zon is­land, a bread­bas­ket that is also a re­gion of flood-prone rice plains and moun­tain prov­inces

More than 5 mil­lion peo­ple were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Ty­phoon Warn­ing Cen­ter down­graded from a su­per ty­phoon. Mangkhut, how­ever, still was punch­ing pow­er­ful winds and gusts equiv­a­lent to a Cat­e­gory 4 At­lantic hur­ri­cane when it hit the Philip­pines.

China and the Philip­pines agreed to post­pone a visit by Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi t.

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