Latest World News: Philippines braces for super typhoon: Canceled flights, Eva

Storm surges as high as 3 meters could hit some coastal towns, meteorologists have warned

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Published: Tue, Jul 25, 2023, 8:08 AM

A powerful typhoon moved closer to the northern Philippines on Tuesday, forcing thousands of evacuations and a halt to sea travel ahead of torrential rains and tidal surges of up to 3 meters (nearly 10 feet). More than a dozen domestic flights scheduled over the next few days have also been canceled as a precaution.

The strongest winds in the center of the storm are expected to remain offshore as Typhoon Doksuri blows northwest of Cagayan and Batanes provinces, but could hit the archipelago’s outer islands. The typhoon’s 680km-wide rain band could cause flash floods and trigger landslides in northern provinces, the country’s meteorological bureau said.

Major airlines, especially Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, have canceled a number of domestic flights until July 27. Among those canceled were trips to Basco, Batanes and Laoag. Those flying to Tuguegarao, Masbate, Baguio and Cauayan may also be affected.

Doksuri was last tracked 310 km east of Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province with sustained winds of 185 km/h and gusts of up to 230 km/h, government forecasters said.

The typhoon would also increase seasonal monsoon rains in the central and northern provinces. It was expected to continue moving northwest on a track south of Taiwan that would make landfall in China later this week.

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said he had suspended work in his province to allow people to prepare for the onslaught and ordered the evacuation of thousands of people in 11 coastal towns as a precaution.

“It’s a super typhoon and we were doing pre-emptive evacuations in all the coastal villages because they feared the storm surges,” Mamba told The Associated Press by phone, adding that meteorologists had warned that tidal surges could reach heights of up to 3 meters.

Besides work, Mamba said college classes were also suspended from Tuesday to Wednesday. Primary and secondary students were on vacation, he said.

Tuguegarao City Mayor Maila Ting-Que urged the public to be vigilant and imposed an alcohol ban, warning violators of arrests. Fishermen were not allowed to venture into increasingly rough seas.

Nearly 10,000 inter-island ferry passengers and cargo truck drivers, as well as 100 passenger and cargo vessels and motor bancas, have been stranded at several ports where a sailing ban has been imposed due to the typhoon and increased monsoon rains, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

About 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year, apart from the seasonal monsoon rains. The country is also in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, making it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.

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