Super typhoon slams into northeastern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine forecasters say a super typhoon has slammed into the country’s northeastern coast amid fears it may bring widespread damage similar to that wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

The forecasters say Typhoon Haima, with sustained winds of 225 kilometers (140 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 315 kph (195 mph), smashed inland at Penablanca town in Cagayan province shortly before midnight Wednesday, bringing intense rain. Many villages lost power and powerful winds were tearing tin roofs off houses.

The government’s weather agency raised the highest of a five-level storm warning in six northern provinces, which meant that powerful winds could inflict “very heavy to widespread damage” and whip up storm surges of up to five meters (16 feet), enough to engulf shanties in many rural communities.

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