12,000 flee typhoon “Karen” in Luzon, PH!…



Manila; Oct. 17, 2016; Authorities have urged the public to prepare for another storm as Typhoon “Karen” (international name “Sarika”) exited Luzon after forcing more than 12,000 people to evacuate. Karen “slightly intensified” as it moved away from the country, but not after toppling power lines and causing outages, and forcing the cancellation of 290 flights.

Manila Times

Malacañang reports today that the government was prepared as the country braced for what could be “the most damaging” storm this year, with Typhoon “Karen” (international name “Sarika”) accelerating toward Central Luzon and expected to make landfall on Aurora province early on Sunday. Karen, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 130 mph.

Nelianto Bihasa, the mayor of the town of Baler where Sarika made landfall before dawn, told ABS-CBN network the typhoon destroyed at least 20 houses and left one person injured.

“Many trees and power pylons were toppled,” Bihasa said, adding the coastal town of 36,000 people some 145 kilometers northeast of Manila was without electricity.

“This was no ordinary typhoon,” Bihasa added.


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