FE­RO­CIOUS TYPHOON PLOWS THROUGH PH

The typhoon made land­fall be­fore dawn in the coastal town of Bag­gao in Ca­gayan prov­ince on the north­ern tip of Lu­zon Is­land

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Tugue­garao, Philip­pines — Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philip­pines’ north­east­ern coast early Satur­day, its fe­ro­cious winds and blind­ing rain rip­ping off tin roof sheets and knock­ing out power, and plowed through the agri­cul­tural re­gion at the start of the on­slaught.

The typhoon made land­fall be­fore dawn in the coastal town of Bag­gao in Ca­gayan prov­ince on the north­ern tip of Lu­zon Is­land, a bread­bas­ket of flood-prone rice plains and moun­tain prov­inces of­ten hit by land­slides. More than 5 mil­lion peo­ple were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warn­ing Cen­ter down­graded from a su­per typhoon but still punch­ing pow­er­ful winds and gusts equiv­a­lent to a cat­e­gory 4 At­lantic hur­ri­cane.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of ma­jor dam­ages or ca­su­al­ties in the re­gion, where a mas­sive evac­u­a­tion from high­risk ar­eas was car­ried out over two days.

As­so­ci­ated Press jour­nal­ists in a ho­tel in Ca­gayan’s cap­i­tal city of Tugue­garao saw tin roof sheets and other de­bris hur­tle through the air and store signs crash to the ground. Cars shook as wind gusts pum­meled a park­ing lot. /

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