Posted by: Chuck | September 22, 2013

Super typhoon cuts power, unleashes landslides in northern Philippines


MANILA (Reuters) – The year’s most powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines’ northernmost islands on Saturday, cutting communication and power lines, triggering landslides and inundating rice fields, officials said. Packing winds of 185 kph (114 mph) near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph, Typhoon Usagi weakened after hitting the Batanes island group, and is moving slowly west-northwest at 19 kph towards southern China, the weather bureau said. Usagi, which has been labeled a super typhoon, made landfall on Itbayat, the Philippine island closest to Taiwan, toppling communication and power lines, uprooting trees, causing landslides and flooding rice and garlic farms. (Source: Reuters News 9/21/13)

http://news.yahoo.com/super-typhoon-cuts-power-unleashes-landslides-northern-philippines-073453491.html

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