TYPHOON SLAMS INTO PHILIPPINES
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.