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Typhoon Kammuri makes landfall in Philippines
Typhoon Kammuri makes landfall in Philippines

Manila, Dec 4 (TIWN) Typhoon Kammuri made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday with violent winds and heavy rainfall that has forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the Manila airport and the evacuation of thousands of people.

Kammuri made landfall near the city of Gubat on Monday evening local time and has continued to strengthen. The storm has clocked maximum sustained winds near 215 kilometers per hour (130 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, making it a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The eye of the typhoon, known locally as Tisoy, was set to move directly over Legazpi City in the next few hours, bringing damaging winds and torrential rainfall, which could lead to devastating mudslides. The typhoon will track across the Central Philippines and southern Luzon over the next 24 hours before emerging into the South China Sea early Wednesday morning. Authorities in the Albay province, where Legazpi City is situated, began evacuating 100,000 people in anticipation of the storm, according to the government-run Philippines News Agency (PNA).

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