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Super typhoon heads for Christmas Day blow to Philippines

AP , Saturday 24 Dec 2016
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 A powerful Christmas Day typhoon is heading for the central Philippines.

The U.S. government's Joint Typhoon Warning Center says Nock-Ten is now a super typhoon with winds of up to 240 kph (150 mph), though it's expected to weaken before landfall.

The Philippines weather bureau says the province of Catanduanes may see sustained winds of up to 170 kph (105 mph) by the afternoon as the storm reaches its shores.

That's equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic.

The storm was about 345 kilometers (215 miles) east of the city of Virac late Christmas Eve and it was expected to head west-northwest at 13 kph (8 mph).

It's expected to bring storm surge as high as 2.5 meters (8 feet) in parts of the country.

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