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Super typhoon slams into Philippines, 1 million evacuated

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Posted at 9:13 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 23:13:53-04

MANILA, Philippines — A super typhoon has slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds early Sunday and about a million people have been evacuated in its projected path.

The main international airport in Manila has been closed. Typhoon Goni hit the island province of Catanduanes at dawn with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of 174 miles per hour.

The Philippine weather agency says it's blowing west toward densely populated regions, including Manila, and rain-soaked provinces still recovering from a typhoon that hit a week ago and left at least 22 dead.

The military and national police, along with the coast guard and firefighters, have been put on full alert.

About 1 million have been preemptively moved into shelters, mostly schools and government buildings.