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Philippines Evacuates Thousands, Cancels Classes Due to Typhoon

The Philippines ordered the evacuation of over 100,000 people, cancelled flights and suspended classes as it braces for Typhoon Nesat.

The storm, locally known as Pedring, was 350 kilometers southeast of Aurora, a province east of the capital, at 10 a.m. local time today, with maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration said on its website today. Rainfall may be as much as 25 millimeters per hour within the typhoon’s 650-kilometer diameter.

About 111,000 people in “flood-prone” areas in Albay province were ordered evacuated, the disaster risk agency said on its website today.

Government suspended classes starting noon. About 34 local flights were cancelled due to the storm, ABS-CBN News reported on its website.

The Philippines is battered by about 20 tropical cyclones yearly. In September 2009, Tropical Storm Ketsana submerged most of Manila after dropping 41 centimeters of rain in six hours, killing more than 400 people.

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