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Thousands evacuated as Philippines warns of flooding, landslides from approaching Typhoon Mawar
"Filipino officials have begun evacuating thousands of villages and shutting down schools and offices as typhoon moire approaches the country's northern provinces. It's already battered the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, packing winds of up to 155 km/h. It's the strongest typhoon to hit the territory in two decades, flipping cars, tearing off roofs and knocking out power. Filipino authorities have warned of dangerous tidal surges flash floods and landslides, gusty winds have already lashed villages in the northeast, causing an old warehouse to collapse and prompting more villages to move to evacuation centers, current projections show that typhoon will veer northeast by midweek toward Taiwan or southern Japan. About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, the Southeast Asian nation lies on seismic faults where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur, making it one of the world's most disaster prone countries. I'm Lawrence Brooks