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Typhoon Melor slams into Philippines; thousands evacuated

Typhoon Melor slams into Philippines; thousands evacuated

Thousands of residents evacuated as Typhoon Melor slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 13 feet, officials said Monday. Classes and flights were suspended.

The government's weather bureau said the typhoon is packing winds of 95 mph with gusts up to 115 mph, and carrying heavy to intense rains within its 185-mile diameter. It made landfall Monday morning on tiny Batag Island in the eastern Philippines, and a second landfall is expected in Sorsogon province.

Bernardo Alejandro, a regional civil defense official, said thousands of residents were evacuated in...

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