Storm: "Life-threatening winds": Typhoon reaches the Philippines

Typhoon Doksuri made landfall in the north of the Philippines with heavy rain and extremely strong winds.

Storm: "Life-threatening winds": Typhoon reaches the Philippines

Typhoon Doksuri made landfall in the north of the Philippines with heavy rain and extremely strong winds. The weather service in the Southeast Asian island state spoke of a "huge, life-threatening" storm. A local resident died in a flash flood and more than 11,000 people were fleeing, the national civil protection agency said.

The tropical storm, which is called "Egay" in the Philippines, hit the coast of Fuga Island in the northern province of Cagayan early in the morning with gusts of up to 240 kilometers per hour. Large parts of the region are without electricity, and many trees have fallen and houses have been damaged, said Edgardo Posadas, a spokesman for civil protection.

Dozens of domestic flights have been canceled. Shipping has also been suspended - according to the Coast Guard, thousands of people are stuck in ports. According to the calculations, "Doksuri", which was temporarily classified as a super typhoon, should leave the Philippines on Thursday in a slightly weakened form and then move towards Taiwan and China.

The Philippines are hit by an average of about 20 typhoons each year. The particularly bad storm "Haiyan" cost the lives of more than 6,300 people in November 2013. At the end of 2021, Typhoon "Rai" caused severe devastation, killing over 400 people.

Warning in China

In China, the authorities have warned the population of the consequences of Typhoon Doksuri. The state news agency Xinhua reported, citing the weather service of the southern Chinese province, that it is probably the strongest storm to sweep across eastern Guangdong province in almost a decade. "Doksuri" will probably bring extremely heavy rain and strong winds in some areas.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Guangdong and parts of east China's Fujian Province on Friday. The authorities there have also warned of the storm.

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