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article imageStrong typhoon headed for northern Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Oct 15, 2010 in Environment
A strong typhoon code named "Megi" is headed for northern Philippines and will hit land over the weekend. The typhoon has a maximum wind of 120 kph and gusts of 150 kph. It is moving at 20 kilometers per hour.
Weather forecasters say "Megi" could bring in heavy rainfall similar to Typhoon Ondoy which caused widespread flooding in metro Manila.
Ondoy dumped one month's volume of rain in just a few hours on September 26, 2009, flooding large parts of Marikina, Pasig, Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan, Muntinlupa and surrounding cities. The storm killed 464 people, affected nearly 1 million families and left P11 billion worth of damage to infrastructure and agriculture.
According to the weather bureau chief Graciano Yumul, "Megi" is forecast to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by midnight or early Saturday and would most likely made landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area. He said the forecast track line shows that the storm would affect Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra and ultimately exit Ilocos, all in Northern Luzon.
“By Sunday afternoon, we will have more or less a firm idea in terms of the amount of rain, in terms of the speed and in terms of the areas affected,” Yumul said.
Although Metro Manila is not along the typhoon path, authorities have alerted the residents to prepare for possible change in typhoon's direction and the amount of rain that it will bring.
Fishermen were advised to keep off coastal areas while travelers are being advised not to travel starting Sunday in areas along the typhoon path.
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