Strong hurricane in Philippines forced evacuation of thousands

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About 20 provinces, including around the capital, Manila, are under public storm alert.Schools were closed and flights and ferry services were suspended. About 8,000 people were stranded in ports Thousands of residents were evacuated in the six provinces comprising the Bicol region. The provincial governor ordered evacuations for residents who had refused to leave their homes despite the risks of floods and landslides. “Melor is a very compact typhoon, so that will prevent its most devastating impacts from extending too far from its centre,” said AccuWeather  meteorologist Adam Douty. There is the potential for 100-150 mm (4-6 inches) of rain to cause flooding in Manila Tuesday into Wednesday In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall, left more than 7,300 people dead and missing as it leveled entire villages and swept walls of seawater into parts of the central Philippines.

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