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Super Typhoon Noru makes landfall in Philippines; authorities on alert

Emergency services in the Philippines were on high alert on Sunday as a rapidly intensifying tropical storm known as Super Typhoon Noru made landfall off the eastern coast of the capital, Manila, and made its way to the main island.

Weather officials have warned of a potential “extreme threat” to life and property of Noru, also known locally as Super Typhoon Karding. The storm reached the “super typhoon” category after a period of explosive intensification, they said said.

While the storm was expected to weaken Monday as it crossed the main island of Luzon, which includes Manila, and made landfall, officials said it was “highly likely” to remain “a typhoon as it crosses the landmass”.

In Manila, rescue workers were preparing dinghies and life jackets on Sunday as authorities began evacuating people from coastal areas.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Sunday classes canceled in public schools and closed non-emergency government buildings in an effort to keep people in and out of the storm’s path, his office said on social media.

Local services were disrupted and dozens of international and domestic flights were cancelled due to weather, including a United Airlines flight to Guam, authorities said.

The US embassy moved all consular appointments for Monday in Manila. Curtis S. Chin, former US ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, said his thoughts were with those in the Philippines as he shared a visualization of the storm rapidly gaining strength between Saturday and Sunday.

The typhoon is prediction to bring big waves, torrential rains and gusts of wind up to about 127 miles per hour to the northern island of Luzon — home to a population of more than 64 million people — in the next 24 hours.

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“Under these conditions, scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas highly or highly susceptible to these hazards, as identified in hazard maps and in locations with significant prior rainfall,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

At 5:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, the agency said the eye of the storm had made landfall near Burdeos, a municipal area in Quezon province in the Polillo Islands.

It predicted “a high to very high risk” of storm surges of about 10 feet or more in the low-lying and exposed coastal areas of northern Quezon, the Polillo Islands and Aurora. It said it expected “heavy to intense with occasional torrential rain” over Metro Manila, which includes the city of Quezon, nearby provinces and northern Quezon until Monday morning.

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karding is one of several tropical storms to hit the Philippines this year. The capital and northern provinces are recovering from a cyclone last month that caused flooding and landslides and killed three people, Reuters said.

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One of the strongest storms to ever hit Canada hit the Nova Scotia coastline on Saturday, leaving much of Nova Scotia and nearly all of Prince Edward Island without power. Former Hurricane Fiona is the lowest-pressure landfall storm on record in Canada, according to the Canadian Hurricane Centerwho also reported hurricane force wind gusts affect the area.

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In the meantime, a tropical storm known as Ian snaked through the central Caribbean, a journey that weather experts say could lead to colliding with Florida on Thursday as a hurricane.

Noru is predicted to be a Category 5 storm at its peak, posing an “extreme threat to life and property,” weather officials said.

Matthew Cappucci, Selena Ross and Sydney Page contributed to this report.

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