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Typhoon hits eastern Philippines, causing power outages

Typhoon hits eastern Philippines, causing power outages
A strong typhoon has slammed into the eastern Philippines, bringing high winds that caused power outages in several provinces

A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Tuesday, bringing high winds that caused power outages in several provinces.

Typhoon Conson carried sustained winds of 120 キロメートル (74 マイル) per hour with gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), first making landfall at the coastal town of Hernani in Eastern Samar province before hitting nearby Samar province, the state weather service said.

“We only have minor damage here, thank ” Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone said in a text message. He said work had been suspended in government offices.

Power systems operator National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said some transmission lines were affected. Power outages were reported in Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte 地方.

Local officials reported some flooding in Tacloban City.

The weather bureau said late Tuesday afternoon that Coson had weakened into a severe tropical storm as it moved west-northwestward over the Sibuyan Sea. Its sustained winds declined to 100 キロメートル (62 マイル) 1時間当たり, と言いました.

The weather bureau warned of destructive winds and heavy rainfall within 18 hours in portions of seven provinces including Quezon, Masbate, Albay and Samar.

ザ・ マニラ metro region was under a level 1 警告, which means strong winds were expected within the next 36 時間.

約 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, aside from seasonal monsoon rains. The country also lies in the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire,」地震や火山噴火が発生しやすい地域, making it one of the world’s most disaster-prone nations.