Typhoon slams northern Philippines

4:53 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
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MANILA, Philippines - A typhoon moved through the northern Philippines on Friday bringing destructive winds and flooding rains threatening farmlands and populated areas, including the capital Manila.

Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off Friday's trip to the Philippines.

Authorities placed 14 provinces and metropolitan Manila under storm alert, closed schools and put emergency services on notice.

The typhoon slammed ashore early Saturday morning with winds of 120 kilometers (74 miles) per hour and stronger gusts.

This is the rainy season and about two typhoons lash the Philippines every month.

About 30 people died last month in flash floods triggered by monsoon rains. Another 13 died this past week alone.

The Associated Press

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