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Manila (Oct 18) – Super Typhoon Megi, locally known as Juan struck the northern province of Isabela around 11:25 a.m. local time causing wide spread damage. One death and several injuries have been reported thus far.
Megi, packing winds of over 155 mph, was a category 5 super typhoon, the highest rating assigned to typhoons.
The governor of Isabela declared a “state of calamity” in the wake of the massive storm. Power and telecommunications has been lost along with, massive devastation to local crops. Local telecom officials estimate nearly 90 percent of all telecommunications have been lost.
The super typhoon is expected to strike near Luzon Island around noon today, clearing the island around midnight local time.
Massive evacuations are underway while the area remains under flash flood watches as rivers are cresting along with dangerous mudslides being reported in the mountains.
The supper typhoon is expected to set a course towards mainland China once finished wreaking havoc on the Phillipines.