(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
A typhoon gained strength as it approached the Philippines on
Sunday, forcing thousands of people from their homes in coastal
communities on the main island of Luzon and the cancellation of
dozens of flights, Trend reports citing Reuters .
Typhoon Noru strengthened with maximum sustained winds of 195
kph (121 mph) and gusts of up to 240 kph (149 mph), the state
weather bureau said in an advisory hours before the storm was
expected to make landfall.
'Coconut trees are swaying while banana plants have been brought
down,' Angelique Bosque, the mayor of the Polillo Islands, told
DZRH radio station.
The storm was likely to make a direct hit on the small islands
just east of Luzon.
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