Strong typhoon roars toward Philippines; hundreds flee

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 17, 2010 14:11

MANILA, Philippines — Hundreds of wary residents fled coastal villages as emergency officials prepared for a powerful typhoon roaring toward the northeastern Philippines on Sunday.

Typhoon Megi, the strongest of 10 storms so far to have affected the country this year, had sustained winds of 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour and gusts of 162 mph (260 kph) but could get stronger as it moves at 14 mph (22 kph) over the Philippine Sea. Forecasters said it's expected to slam into Cagayan province Monday morning.

With its ferocious wind, Megi has become the strongest typhoon to threaten the country in four years. A 2006 howler with 155-mph (250-kph) winds set off volcanic mudslides that buried entire villages, killing about 1,000 people.


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