Super typhoon hits Philippines amid flood alerts

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 18, 2010 06:39

MANILA, Philippines — Super Typhoon Megi has slammed ashore along the Philippines' northeastern coast with ferocious winds of 140 miles (225 kilometers) per hour, becoming the strongest cyclone to hit the country in years.

Thousands of people have sought shelter while authorities are warning millions of residents and rice farmers along the typhoon's path to look out for damage to crops, homes and power lines.

As it crosses the main northern island of Luzon, Sawi warned of possible floods and landslides, particularly in the Cordillera mountains.

Flood-ravaged areas of China and Vietnam also were bracing for more rains from the powerful storm.


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