Typhoon Lynn Lashes Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Typhoon Lynn battered the northern Philippines today, tearing down homes and triggering floods and landslides, officials said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the government’s Office of Civil Defense said winds of up to 103 miles an hour had knocked down at least 200 houses in Cagayan province.
Crispina Abat, a director at the agency, said initial reports from the region, 200 miles north of Manila showed that torrential rains had flooded at least five towns in Cagayan and Ilocos Norte and caused landslides in Benguet.
She said in a telephone interview that relief officials in Manila had sent rubber boats to help rescue residents marooned by floods which were reported to be neck-deep in some places.
The Philippine News Agency said the typhoon also snapped communication and power lines in the mountain resort of Baguio City and that several landslides had forced the closure of roads linking the city to Manila.
The weather bureau said the typhoon slammed into the Babuyan islands off the northern tip of Luzon overnight, but officials said it would take days for reports of damage there to reach Manila because of poor communications.
At 4 a.m. today, the typhoon was estimated to be over the South China Sea about 375 miles north-northwest of Manila. It was packing 103 mph winds and moving slowly toward the Chinese mainland, a weather bulletin said.