The Philippines, China, Taiwan gear up for Doksuri

Super Typhoon Doksuri rolled toward the northern Philippines yesterday with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 miles per hour), prompting evacuation orders for coastal areas.

Forecasters predict Doksuri will move on to hit Taiwan before plowing into densely populated parts of China with torrential rain and strong winds.

Doksuri, which is called “Egay” in the Philippines, is headed toward the northern tip of the main island of Luzon and pass the Cagayan and Batanes provinces.

While it was expected to remain offshore, the typhoon was likely to pass closely by outlying islands.

The country’s weather bureau hiked the highest storm signal warning level of 5 over the Babuyan Islands, where as many as 20,000 people could be affected.

Cagayan’s Governor Manuel Mamba said work and classes would be suspended to allow people to prepare for the onslaught.

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