Typhoon Yutu smashes into the Philippines, with 95mph winds flattening buildings and forcing 10,000 people to flee their homes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

Yutu struck Dinapigue town in northeastern Isabela province early on Tuesday
Authorities said one person is missing after a boat capsized in huge waves
Just six weeks ago Storm Mangkhut struck the country leaving over 100 dead

30 October 2018

Typhoon Yutu slammed into the Philippines on Tuesday with fierce winds that sheared off roofs and snapped trees in half, after thousands were evacuated ahead of the powerful storm’s arrival.

Cutting a path just south of last month’s Typhoon Mangkhut, which killed dozens, the new storm tore across the Philippines’ most populous island bringing heavy rains along the way.

Search crews were just beginning to assess the damage wrought by Yutu, which struck Dinapigue town in northeastern Isabela province before dawn Tuesday with sustained winds of 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 210 kph (130mph).

It knocked down trees and power posts and ripped roofs off small houses, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Authorities said they were probing reports of one person missing after a boat capsized as the storm was barrelling toward the country.

‘We see some branches on the roads and so on, but it is the flooding that is destroying houses here,’ International Federation of the Red Cross spokeswoman Caroline Haga told AFP from Nueva Vizcaya province.

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