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article imageSuper typhoon 'Megi' pummeled northern Philippines

By Leo Reyes     Oct 18, 2010 in Environment
Super typhoon 'Megi', packing 250 kph wind slashes across northern Luzon in the Philippines Monday, killing at least four people, toppling power lines and rendering thousands households without electricity.
The super typhoon pummeled northern Luzon past midnight Monday as thousands of people in the typhoon path particularly Cagayan and Ilocos provinces were evacuated hours before the landfall. reports:
Weather bureau officials said Juan was the world’s strongest typhoon this year. It is also the strongest storm to hit the Philippines since Super-typhoon “Reming” struck the Bicol region in 2006.
Baguio City in Benguet province where Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is currently training for his upcoming fight with Antonio Margarito, has remained without electricity Tuesday as trees have fallen and hitting power lines. Some major highways have been closed due to landslides and flooding.
Most of the areas along the typhoon path are still without electricity as power transmission lines have been hit by falling trees caused by strong winds.
According to the weather agency PAGASA, the typhoon is the strongest that hit the country so far.
About six hours after it made landfall, Juan weakened as it made its way across northern Luzon, PAGASA said. As of 11 p.m., Juan was 90 kilometers west northwest of Baguio City, with sustained winds of 160 kph and gusts of 195 kph, Nathaniel Servando of PAGASA said
At least 16 flights bound for northern Luzon were canceled while ocean-going vessels and small sea crafts were advised to take shelter on safe coastal areas.
Typhoon 'Megi' is expected to exit Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Tuesday as the super typhoon heads for either Hong Kong or Taiwan.
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