Typhoon Parma Slams into Northern Philippines but Spares Manila

October 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Philippines has been struck by a second typhoon in eight days, Typhoon Parma with sustained winds of 148 kph ( 92 mph) with gusts as high as 185 kph (115mph), slammed into the northeastern tip of the main island of Luzon on Saturday, ripping off roofs and knocking over power poles in the country’s mountainous north. Fortunately Parma changed course overnight Friday and bypassed the capital of Manila, parts of which are still chest-deep in floodwaters, as tens of thousands fled from low-lying areas. The storm could dump as much as 8 to 20 inches of rain in areas still water-logged from last week’s Typhoon Ketsana.  Ketsana, which at one point had 80% of Manila underwater last week, killed 246 in the Philippines. Typhoon Parma is heading toward Taiwan next.

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