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Typhoon Kammuri Leaves Destruction as It Powers Through Philippines Typhoon Kammuri Kills at Least 17 as It Powers Through Philippines
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Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. Three deaths have been reported. Typhoon Kammuri swept through the Philippines on Tuesday, ripping rooftops from houses, knocking down power lines and leaving a half-million people huddled in evacuation centers, waiting for the storm to pass. At least 17 people were killed.
Manila airport was ordered shut for 12 hours and nearly 500 flights were canceled. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day. Manila’s international airport was closed for 12 hours during the storm, resulting in the cancellation of nearly 500 flights. Officials suspended marine traffic in affected areas as Kammuri, packing wind gusts as high as 150 miles per hour, battered the Philippine archipelago for a second day.
Kammuri is expected to hit Manila with intense, frequent rainfall overnight, the authorities have warned, leaving open the possibility that flooding could deluge the city and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people. By early Wednesday the storm had weakened slightly, officials said, but heavy rainfall was expected to continue. Officials had feared that flooding could deluge Manila, the capital, and its surrounding areas, home to more than 10 million people.
In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said the fierce winds caused more damage than the rain. In Albay, a province in southeastern Luzon, the largest and most populous Philippine island, Gov. Al Francis Bichara said fierce winds had caused more damage than the rain.
“Right now there’s no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it’s calm now,” he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.“Right now there’s no electricity, the cables had fallen, but it’s calm now,” he said, speaking to a Manila radio station.
The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense. The army, the police force and emergency service workers were helping to clear roads of debris, said Claudio Yucot, a regional director for civil defense.
A man who was preparing his home for the storm was electrocuted and died when a damaged wire touched his galvanized metal roof, the Philippine National Police said. Reuters reported that two other people had been killed, one struck by a tree and the other by a sheet of metal. The 17 deaths reported Wednesday by emergency officials and the national police included a man who was electrocuted when a damaged wire touched his galvanized metal roof. Another man was hit by a tree and killed. A man who was fishing along the shore in Quezon, along the south of Luzon, was struck by lightning, and several others on shorelines along the archipelago drowned.
Across the archipelago, officials said the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people from exposed areas had lessened the impact of the storm on civilians and prevented more deaths. Across the Philippines, officials said the evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people from exposed areas had lessened the impact of the storm on civilians and prevented more deaths.
Still, the authorities warned of storm surges up to three feet and floods and landslides from the wind and rain in the mountainous countryside.Still, the authorities warned of storm surges up to three feet and floods and landslides from the wind and rain in the mountainous countryside.
Across metropolitan Manila, government offices and schools were closed. A sizable portion of the Philippine population lives along the coast and in low-lying areas, and the authorities issued flood alerts for several regions. They also warned that landslides set off by typhoon rains could affect more mountainous, rural areas.
A sizable portion of the Philippine population lives along the coast and in low-lying areas, and the authorities have issued flood alerts for several regions, with the storm expected to strengthen slightly later Tuesday before starting to weaken.
Deadly landslides set off by typhoon rains could also affect more mountainous, rural areas.
The typhoon struck the Philippines as the nation hosted the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial sports event that draws top athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations.The typhoon struck the Philippines as the nation hosted the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial sports event that draws top athletes from 11 Southeast Asian nations.
The Games are scheduled to run through Dec. 11, and already several outdoor events have been canceled or postponed until later this week, when the typhoon is expected to move on. Sports like windsurfing, beach volleyball and canoe-kayak racing were either suspended or postponed, while others were held ahead of the storm’s arrival. The Games are scheduled to run through Dec. 11, and already several outdoor events have been canceled or postponed until later this week. Sports like windsurfing, beach volleyball and canoe-kayak racing were either suspended or postponed, while others were held ahead of the storm’s arrival.
Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, is the 20th storm to hit the Philippines this year.Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, is the 20th storm to hit the Philippines this year.
Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting.Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting.