Officials said Philippine authorities began evacuating people from coastal areas on Sunday and hundreds of people were unable to travel by sea because the main island of Luzon, including Manila, was burdened. suffered a Category 3 storm that continued to strengthen.
Typhoon Noru became a super typhoon “after a period of increasing intensity,” with sustained winds increasing to 185 kilometers (115 miles) per hour from 120 kilometers per hour on Saturday night, the disaster agency said. in an announcement.
It will continue to strengthen and make landfall Sunday afternoon or evening with sustained winds of 185 to 205 km/h (115 to 127 mph).
Helen Tan, governor of Quezon province, told DZRH radio: “I have asked our mayors to adhere to strict preemptive evacuation regulations. Fishermen in coastal communities are prohibited from going out to sea, she said.
Noru, the 11th tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Philippines this year, will bring torrential downpours over the capital and surrounding provinces on Sunday afternoon.
Disaster agency spokesman Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro said: “Hopefully this storm moves quickly, although it brings strong winds.” Authorities are on alert for landslides, flooding and destructive winds, he said.
The Philippine Coast Guard said more than 1,200 passengers and 28 ships were stranded at ports south of the capital.
Noru is moving westward and is likely to emerge over the South China Sea late Sunday or early Monday.
The Philippines, an archipelago of more than 7,600 islands, experiences an average of 20 tropical storms each year.