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Philippines braces for floods from Typhoon Rammasun

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:24 a.m. HST, Jul 14, 2014

MANILA >> The Philippines braced for possible floods and landslides as a typhoon continued to strengthen on Monday as it approached the country's eastern seaboard.

Rammasun intensified into a typhoon from a tropical storm and was expected to make landfall Tuesday morning in Albay province, the government's weather bureau said.

Albay, about 212 miles southeast of Manila, is a disaster-prone province where mudslides from Mayon, the country's most active volcano, buried entire villages in 2006 and left about 1,600 people dead and missing.

Rammasun, locally named Glenda, was  packing sustained winds of 73 miles per hour and gusts of up to 115 mph. It entered Philippine territory on Sunday.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the council's field offices in at least seven regions, including Metropolitan Manila, had been put on alert for landslides and flash floods.

"Our initial assessment is that there is not much on the wind. What we are wary about are landslides, flooding," Pama said.

Schools suspended classes Monday afternoon in some areas, including Manila, the capital. Local officials urged sea vessels not to sail in the storm's path, readied relief goods and prepared for the possible evacuation of residents, especially in flood- and landslide-prone areas.

Rammasun's impact is expected to be felt in metropolitan Manila starting Tuesday and will be over the capital by early Wednesday before moving into the South China Sea through either Bataan or Zambales province in the northwest, forecasters said. It is expected to be out of Philippine territory by Thursday, possibly moving toward southern China.

Central Philippine provinces have not yet fully recovered from the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Haiyan's strong winds and tsunami-like storm surges flattened towns, leaving at least 6,300 people dead and more than 1,000 missing.

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samidunn wrote:
Very interesting, now can you tell us what is going on in the middle east? I heard there are like three or four wars going on there now. How about some news about our southern border or the NSA & IRS?
on July 14,2014 | 08:51AM
Morimoto wrote:
There's limited space in the paper, what's important to you doesn't isn't necessarily what's important to the SA to gain readers. Here in Hawaii since there are a lot of people with roots in the Philippines, the SA decided to publish this story. If you want stories about what you're talking about I'm sure you can find some if you do a simple internet search.
on July 14,2014 | 10:04AM
samidunn wrote:
Another uninformed voter
on July 14,2014 | 10:37AM
Morimoto wrote:
Another ignorant poster.
on July 14,2014 | 11:55AM
samidunn wrote:
Wouldn't be ignorant if the SA was more informative.
on July 14,2014 | 02:53PM
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