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Typhoon Krosa hits northern Philippines

Published on Oct 31, 2013 7:14 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Typhoon Krosa hit the northern end of the main Philippine island of Luzon on Thursday forcing around 60 families to flee, a civil defence official said.

The typhoon, packing maximum winds of 160 kilometres per hour, struck the coastal province of Cagayan, about 430 kilometres north of Manila on Thursday afternoon, the government weather station said.

The families who were moved were evacuated as a precautionary measure, said the area's civil defence director, Norma Talosig.

"The strength of the storm is enough to destroy houses made of light materials. For people who don't take precautions, it can be deadly," she warned.

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