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US, Philippines brace for weather fury
Manolo B. Jara/ Agencies September 14, 2018
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WILMINGTON/MANILA: Millions of residents in Philippines and US southeast braced for inclement weather on Thursday. An estimated 10 million people living in US southeast prepared for the worst as storm Florence neared whereas at least another 10 million Filipinos were at the risk from the destructive fury of typhoon Ompong.

Hurricane Florence’s winds began whipping coastal North Carolina on Thursday as the slow-moving tempest began to unleash fierce rains that forecasters warned would cause catastrophic flooding across a wide swath of the U.S. southeast.

An estimated 10 million people live in the storm’s path, according to the US Weather Prediction Center, and coastal businesses and homes were boarded up in anticipation. More than 1 million people had been ordered to evacuate the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia and thousands moved to emergency shelters, officials said.

The centre of Florence is expected to hit North Carolina’s southern coast Friday, then drift southwest before moving inland on Saturday, enough time to drop as much as 1 metre of rain in places, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

Meanwhile, in Philippines at least 10 million Filipinos are at risk from the destructive fury of typhoon Ompong which entered the Philippines on Wednesday and is projected to bring storm surges, strong winds as well as heavy rains that could cause floods and landslides, rescue officials warned on Thursday.

“We’re worried for the 10 million Filipinos in the path of the destructive storm,” warned Senator Richard Gordon.

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