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Typhoon Goni leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

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    NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite saw the southwestern edge of Typhoon Goni skirting the northwestern Luzon region of the Phillipines Thursday. Powerful, thick bands of thunderstorms spiraled around Goni's eye.

MANILA >> Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rains from a powerful typhoon pummeling the northern Philippines left at least four dead Friday, including a 10-year-old boy, officials said.

Government forecaster Adzar Aurelio said Typhoon Goni was still at sea on Friday afternoon about 62 mileseast of northern Calayan Island, with maximum sustained winds of  105 mph and gusts of up to 127 mph. The typhoon may pass over the tiny islands at the country’s northern tip.

A landslide in northern Mountain province killed a 10-year-old boy and injured his 9-year-old brother, said civil defense official Andrew Alex Uy.

In the adjacent province of Benguet, two brothers died in another landslide while seeking temporary shelter in Bakun town, he added. Other deaths included a man who was pinned by a tree, while two are missing in strong river currents.

Several flights and ferry trips have been canceled.

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