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Typhoon Noul kills two people in the Philippines

The Philippines national disaster agency NDRRMC said Noul created an intense onslaught of rain and waves on Sunday.

By Elizabeth Shim
Typhoon Noul created a storm warning across the northeastern Philippines. Photo courtesy of Typhoon Noul / Dodong - May 2015/Facebook
Typhoon Noul created a storm warning across the northeastern Philippines. Photo courtesy of Typhoon Noul / Dodong - May 2015/Facebook

MANILA, May 11 (UPI) -- A deadly typhoon rocked the northern Philippines on Monday, killing at least two people and forcing 3,800 to remain stranded in shelters.

Typhoon Noul crashed into villages northeast of Luzon on Monday, bringing winds of 87 mph and gusts of up to 106 mph, NBC News reported. It reached Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson international scale.

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Waves of 46 feet were recorded off the coast, and the typhoon, known as Dodong in the Philippines, was weakened by 7:15 p.m. local time before it gathered speed to make way to southern Japan.

The Philippines national disaster agency NDRRMC said Noul created an intense onslaught of rain and waves on Sunday.

Two people, ages 74 and 46, were electrocuted during the storm in Cagayan Province, northeast of Luzon. They were trying to repair a damaged roof when they were killed.

Some 3,800 people remained in shelters on Monday in Isabela and Cagayan provinces, where large areas had been left without electricity. They had been evacuated prior to Noul crossing Santa Ana point, the northeast peninsular of Luzon in the Philippines, Al-Jazeera reported.

Around the eye wall of Noul, the strongest winds reached up to a deadly 183 mph.

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In anticipation of the storm, in Taiwan 1,000 tourists were evacuated off the southeast coast.

Typhoon Noul was expected to reach Okinawa and southern Japan on Tuesday, Kyodo News reported, bringing strong winds of up to 112 mph and waves as high as 26 feet.

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