Saturday, December 24, 2016

Super Typhoon Nock-ten : Philippines evacuation under way ahead of Christmas Day typhoon

Philippine authorities have begun evacuating thousands of people and shut down dozens of ports as a strong typhoon threatened to hit the country's east coast on Christmas Day.

Nock-Ten, locally known as Nina, is expected to be packing winds of between 203-250km/h when it crosses over Catanduanes, a remote island of 250,000 people in the Bicol region, late tomorrow, the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

It is then expected to hit the country's main island of Luzon, including the capital Manila, on Monday.

The evacuations came as civil defence officials in the area said that hundreds of thousands of residents were under threat from the approaching typhoon.

The Philippine weather service warned of potentially deadly two-metre) waves along the coast, as well as landslides and flash floods from heavy rains.

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