Typhoon Kammuri hits northern Philippines on Tuesday with "violent winds" and heavy rains that have forced thousands of people to take refuge in evacuation centers and temporarily close the Manila International Airport.
The eye of the storm was early in the morning in the province of Quezon, in the southeast of the island of Luzon, and is expected to reach the capital of the country by noon, the meteorological agency PAGASA said in its latest newsletter .
The typhoon, called Tisoy by the Philippine agency, plagues the region with sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour and gusts of 235 kilometers per hour, the report added.
Before Kammuri arrived, authorities announced the suspension on Tuesday of all operations at Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport (NAIA), which has resulted in the cancellation of several hundred flights from 23 airlines.
"Due to Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) NAIA will remain closed tomorrow from 11AM to 11PM. The flights will be canceled. The airlines will organize recovery flights as soon as the situation improves," the airport said late on Monday in its account Twitter
Meanwhile, the mayor of Manila, Isko Moreno, in a message via Facebook, ordered the evacuation of the neighbors of half a dozen neighborhoods in the city located in coastal areas.
These are added to the several thousand people who were evacuated on Monday in areas of the country where the typhoon was expected to pass.
Kammuri has also altered the development of the Southeast Asian Games, inaugurated on Saturday with the participation of more than 5,600 athletes, and in which the competitions of some eight disciplines have been postponed or suspended, the organization announced last night.
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