27 Sep '11, 12am

More than 100,000 flee as powerful Typhoon Nesat hits northern Philippines

More than 100,000 flee as powerful Typhoon Nesat hits northern Philippines

A man carries his daughter as they walk home in the rain after the suspension of classes due to rainfall from Typhoon Nesat in Quezon City, Metro Manila Sept 26, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A powerful typhoon has slammed ashore in the eastern Philippines where authorities ordered more than 100,000 people to seek shelter from heavy rains and gusts of up to 170kmh. The government weather bureau says Typhoon Nesat made landfall before dawn Tuesday over eastern mountainous Isabela and Aurora provinces facing the Pacific Ocean. It is packing maximum winds of 140kmh and with the immense 650km cloud band threatens to foul weather across the entire main Luzon Island as it moves toward the South China Sea. Heavy downpours and wind prompted the closure of schools and universities in the capital Manila while domestic flights are cancelled and inter-island ferri...

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