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Typhoon slams into main island

October 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The third typhoon to hit the Philippines in five weeks slammed into the main island of Luzon, uprooting trees and toppling power lines, but there were no immediate reports of widespread damage.

Authorities canceled about 180 flights from Manila while some ferry and bus lines were out of service, leaving thousands stranded and stopping people from returning to their home provinces for the All Saints' Day weekend.

Two typhoons killed more than 900 people in recent weeks. Parts of the capital, Manila, were still underwater.

Typhoon Mirinae weakened as it cut through coconut-growing provinces south of the capital, the weather bureau said. The rainfall was not as heavy as had been feared, especially along the densely populated west coast of Luzon.

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