Super Typhoon Megi Makes Landfall on Luzon

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Guam – Thousands of Filipinos have been evacuated ahead of  Super Typhoon Megi which is making landfall this morning [Monday] on the northern Philippine island of Luzon.

[In the Philippines the Super Typhoon is being called “Juan.”]

The Super Typhoon is packing winds of 161 miles per hour. It is moving west southwest at about 12 miles per hour.

Read the latest on Super Typhoon Megi from JTWC

Read the report on Inquirer.net

Evacuations

At least 700 people moved out of their homes to safer ground on Saturday in mountainous Isabela province, and in nearby Cagayan, authorities have ordered villagers to move out of high-risk neighborhoods in 12 coastal towns.

Thousands of military reserve officers and volunteers were on stand by, along with helicopters, including six Chinooks that were committed by US troops holding war exercises with Filipino soldiers near Manila, Ramos said.

Rescue boats and thousands of food packs have been prepositioned near vulnerable areas, he said, adding that schools along the typhoon’s path would be closed.

President Benigno Aquino III ordered all government agencies to be on high alert to prevent any casualties, while the Coast Guard was instructed to ban all fishing vessels from setting off to sea in the north.