Tens of thousands flee their homes as a Christmas typhoon hits the Philippines with gusts of 146mph

Sunday, December 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall at 6.30pm today in the eastern Philipppines
It is set to tear through the archipelago with rain and winds of 146 miles per hour
Typhoon is heading in the direction of China but is expected to blow itself out
‘Each time I hear about a coming typhoon I want to throw up,’ said Criselda Buenvenuto, who survived a typhoon which killed 10,000 people in 2006

25 December 2016

A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines today, cutting off electricity to millions and disrupting Christmas celebrations for tens of thousands who fled its approach.

Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall in the eastern province of Catanduanes at 6.30pm local time and is tearing westwards with gusts of 146 miles an hour and heavy rain.

State weather service officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the storm, but darkness has now fallen and the true damage may not be known until dawn.

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