Typhoon threatens Philippines, strands thousands
MANILA (AP) - Officials say more than 3,000 passengers have been stranded on piers in the north-east of the Philippines as ferry services were suspended due to an approaching typhoon, the strongest to threaten the country this year.
Government forecasters told reporters on Sunday that Typhoon Utor, with winds of 150kmh and gusts up to 185kmh, could gather strength over the Philippine Sea before it slams into northeastern Aurora province Monday.
Forecaster Jori Loiz says typhoon alerts have been issued in several northern provinces, including in the capital, Manila, warning residents to brace for possible floods and landslides.
Utor is the 12th of about 20 storms and typhoons expected to lash the Philippines this year.