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Typhoon UTOR Batters Northern Philippines

Posted by feww on August 12, 2013

Typhoon UTOR Batters Northern Philippines

Typhoon UTOR struck the coast of eastern Aurora province with sustained winds of about 180 km/hr (110 mph) and gusts of up to 210 km/hr, leaving at least one person dead and dozens missing.

UTOR devastated the coastal town of Casiguran, destroying houses knocking down overhead electricity and phone lines and uprooting poles and trees.

Torrential rains triggered landslides that blocked the only access road to the town, local reports said.

The typhoon crossed Luzon, Philippines’ main northern island, heading west towards South China Sea with sustained winds of about 145 km/hr.

UTOR, which means “squall line” in Marshallese, was the 12th of about 20 tropical cyclones forecast to hit the Philippines this year.

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