Typhoon Kills 10 in Philippines

Expected to hit Taiwan tomorrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2011 3:13 PM CDT
Typhoon Nanmadol Kills 10 in Philippines, Heads Toward Taiwan
Filipino boys play amid strong waves at Manila bay, Philippines, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.   (Aaron Favila)

(Newser) – Typhoon Nanmadol began blowing toward Taiwan today after leaving at least 10 people dead and scuttling a visit by a US Navy carrier group in the Philippines, officials said. Taiwan issued sea and land warnings and planned to evacuate about 6,000 people in its eastern and southern regions as it braced for the typhoon. Troops and rescue equipment were deployed, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said. Nanmadol had sustained wind of 121mph and gusts of 143mph Friday, becoming the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines so far this year.

With its enormous cloud band, the typhoon drenched the northern Philippines with rain for days before pummeling the area with fierce wind, setting off landslides and floods and toppling walls that left at least 10 people dead and six others missing. About 20 were injured by landslides and toppled trees. Nanmadol was expected to hit Taiwan as early as tomorrow, Taiwan's central weather bureau said. It urged residents to prepare for strong winds and torrential rain, and warned there could be landslides in mountainous regions and flooding in low-lying areas. (Read more typhoon stories.)

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