Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Powerful typhoon slams into Philippines

Powerful typhoon slams into Philippines

A powerful typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, spoiling the biggest holiday in Asia's largest Catholic nation, where a governor offered roast pig to entice villagers to abandon family celebrations for emergency shelters.

Typhoon Nock-Ten was packing maximum sustained winds of 114 miles per hour and gusts of up to 158 miles per hour when it made landfall Sunday night in Catanduanes province, where fierce winds and rain knocked down the island's power and communications, weather forecasters said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

After Catanduanes, the typhoon, which had a 300-mile rain band, was expected to barge...