Typhoon Kammuri, workers have begun evacuating

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Typhoon Kammuri, workers have begun evacuating.

Disaster management workers have begun evacuating tens of thousands of people from their homes as Typhoon Kammuri approaches the Philippines, officials said.

The storm, located about 121 miles east of the country’s eastern coastal province of Sorsogon, was moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 93 mph with gusts up to 115 mph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in a Monday afternoon update.

The storm was forecast to make landfall at Catanduanes, Albay province, overnight, it said.

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In preparation, disaster officials had begun evacuating over 100,000 people living in low-lying areas, particularly near rivers, in Albay province, the state-run Philippine News Agency reported.

“We have evacuated them and for those [residents] who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps,” Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara said.

PAGASA said these areas have been identified to be “highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides.”

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The agency also warned of possible storm surge heights of almost 10 feet along coastal areas.

The Philippine National Police said all officers across Luzon and Visayas have been placed on full alert in preparation of the storm making landfall.

The force said the move was to “ensure availability of resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations in areas threatened by the destructive effects” of Typhoon Kammuri.

The storm also prompted dozens of schools to close, some until Wednesday.

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At least six regions including Albay have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3, meaning winds between 75 mph and 105 mph, on its five-point scale while Metro Manila and over a dozen other regions were placed under Signal No. 2, meaning it could expect winds between 37 mph and 75 mph, according to the PAGASA.

The typhoon comes as the nation hosts the biannual Southeast Asian Games through Dec. 11, raising concerns that some events may be disrupted.

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