Typhoon Mangkhut: Storm Slams Philippines on Landfall

Associated Press journalists sheltering in a hotel in Tuguegarao early Saturday reported seeing tin roof sheets in addition to additional debris hurtling through the air in addition to store signs crashing to the ground.

Meteorologists in Manila said even the typhoon’s weaker winds could be deadly. “that will can lift cars, you can’t stand, you can’t even crawl against that will wind,” Rene Pacientem, a government forecaster, told reporters.

Roads were deserted in coastal Ilocos Sur, on the northwestern side of Luzon, as authorities warned of storm surges up to six feet in that will province. Trees felled by the storm blocked roadways.

The heavily populated Metro Manila area, further south on Luzon Island, seemed to have been spared the worst of the storm. Early Saturday, the national weather service was warning of strong winds in addition to moderate rain in that will area — issuing the lowest-level alert — yet flooding was still possible in low-lying areas.

Driving up the coast, amid flying debris

Hannah Beech, a brand new York Times correspondent, was heading north along Luzon’s western coast in Ilocos Sur Province the early hours of Saturday. Foliage in addition to trees were strewn across the road, which was almost deserted.

After dawn broke, with the authorities warning of storm surges, she in addition to a driver pulled off the road inside town of San Juan in addition to parked near city hall to wait for the eye of the storm to pass. Debris was flying through the air. At one point, the roof of a shed blew past.

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