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manila, philip­pines» A pow­er­ful typhoon slammed into the eastern Philip­pines on Christ­mas Day, spoil­ing the big­gest hol­i­day in Asia’s largest Catholic na­tion, where a gov­er­nor of­fered roast pig to en­tice vil­lagers to aban­don fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions for emer­gency shel­ters.

Typhoon Nock-Ten was pack­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 114 mph and gusts of up to 158 mph when it made land­fall Sun­day night in Catan­d­u­anes province, where fierce winds and rain knocked down the is­land’s power and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, of­fi­cials said.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of in­juries.

Af­ter Catan­d­u­anes, the typhoon, which had a 300-mile rain band, was ex­pected to barge west­ward across the moun­tain­ous south­ern plank of the Philip­pines’ main is­land of Lu­zon and blow close to the cap­i­tal, Manila, on Mon­day, be­fore start­ing to exit to­ward the South China Sea. Nock-Ten may weaken af­ter hit­ting the Sierra Madre moun­tain range in south­ern Lu­zon.

Res­i­dents of the Philip­pines are as­sisted into a truck af­ter the lo­cal gov­ern­ment im­ple­mented pre-emp­tive evac­u­a­tions at Barangay Matnog on Sun­day.

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