10 killed by typhoon Megi in the the Philippines

October 19, 2010 08:10

CAUAYAN, Philippines — Super Typhoon Megi dumped heavy rains over the Philippine capital Tuesday after killing 10 people, creating a wasteland of fallen trees in the north and sending thousands scrambling to safety in near-zero visibility.

As it moved away from the Philippines, the strongest cyclone in years regained strength over the South China Sea on Tuesday while heading toward China and Vietnam, where recent floods unrelated to the storm already have caused 30 deaths.Surging currents on Vietnam's flooded main highway Monday swept away a bus and 20 of its passengers, including a boy pulled from his mother's grasp. In China, authorities evacuated 140,000 people from a coastal province ahead of the typhoon, which Chinese officials said could hit the southern coast Thursday. Heavy rains have already lashed Hainan.

Megi packed sustained winds of 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour and gusts of 162 mph (260 kph) as it made landfall Monday in the northern province of Isabela, felling trees and utility poles and cutting off power, phone and Internet services. Its ferocious wind slightly weakened while crossing the mountains of the Philippines' main northern island of Luzon.

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