Thousands stranded as typhoon nears Philippines
APMANILA--A powerful typhoon blew closer to the northeastern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least 47 fishermen missing and more than 7,500 passengers stranded in piers as authorities suspended inter-island ferry services and warned people to brace for possible flash floods and landslides.
August 12, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Government forecasters said Typhoon Utor gathered strength over the Philippine Sea as it barreled closer to mountainous Aurora Province with sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 200 kph.
Utor, the strongest typhoon to threaten to hit the country this year, was swirling about 190 kilometers southeast of Aurora's Casiguran town and was expected to slam into shore early Monday, forecaster Glaiza Esculliar said.
At least 47 fishermen were reported missing by their families in four towns in Catanduanes province and authorities were hoping they just took shelter in coves and nearby islands amid the stormy weather, said Office of Civil Defense regional director Bernardo Alejandro IV.