Typhoon hits eastern Philippines, causing power outages


Manila, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon on Tuesday struck the eastern Philippines, causing strong winds and causing power outages in several states.

Typhoon Conson carries a sustained wind of 120 km / h (74 mph) with a gust of 150 km / h (93 mph), first landing in the coastal town of Eastern Samar, Hernani, and landing in nearby Samar early Tuesday. Did. The state weather service said.

As of Tuesday morning, the eyes of the typhoon were near the town of Dimasalan in Masbate.

“There is only a small amount of damage here. Thank God,” said Ben Evardone, Governor of East Samal, in a text message.

He said work at the government agency was interrupted.

The Philippine power system operator, National Grid Corporation, said some transmission lines were affected. Power outages were reported in Eastern Samar, Samar, and Leyte states.

Local officials reported a flood in Tacloban City.

The Meteorological Department warned of devastating winds and heavy rains within 18 hours in parts of seven states, including Keson, Masbate, Albay and Samar. These states have been warned of typhoon level 3 of the five-stage system.

Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has received Level 1 warnings. This means that strong winds are expected within the next 36 hours.

Conson is projected to weaken to tropical cyclones on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Except for the seasonal monsoon rains, about 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year. The country is also located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are likely to occur, making it one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.