Guam – Typhoon Megi has moved into the South China Sea after leaving at least four people dead in northern Luzon.
Thousands fled before the storm which slammed into the Philippines mid-day Monday as a Super Typhoon. It lost some of its strength as it crossed the central mountain range of Luzon. But it still packed enough power to knock down trees, power lines and homes. Caused flooding and widespread damage to rice and banana plantations. A “State of Calamity” was declared in the northern Isabella Province.
The Philippines Daily Inquirer reports widespread power outages. Domestic flights to six northern Luzon airports were canceled, as were departing flights.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is still warning residents in low-lying and mountainous areas to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides. Residents in coastal areas were warned of possible storm surges.
The Weather Service says Megi was the strongest tropical cyclone of the year in the world and the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in decades.