Typhoon intensifies, closes in on Philippines

2015-05-10 08:16

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Manila - A powerful typhoon gained strength on Sunday as it zeroed in on the northeastern tip of the Philippines, where about 1 400 people were moved to safety from coastal areas exposed to floods and storm surges.

Typhoon Noul is packing winds of 185km/h and gusts of up to 220km/h. It is forecast to clip the northern Cagayan province, making landfall in Santa Ana township on Sunday afternoon or evening then veering north into the open sea toward southern Japan.

About 1 400 people have moved to evacuation centres in the neighbouring Isabela province, where earlier forecasts had said the typhoon would first hit, said Norma Talosig, the civil defense regional director.

She said that officials in coastal Santa Ana town also prepared to move people to safer grounds and had enough supplies in stock.

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