Philippines on High Alert as Super Typhoon Noru Roars Through Country’s Eastern Islands

Authorities in the Philippines were on high alert Sunday as Super Typhoon Noru began to blast through the country’s eastern islands on a path toward its main Luzon island.

The eyewall of the storm, locally known in the Philippines as Super Typhoon Karding, was making landfall in the Polillo Islands at 5 p.m. local (5 a.m. ET), according to an update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The storm has sustained winds of 240 kph (149 mph), with gusts up to 295 kph (183 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Authorities previously issued an extreme emergency alert as the storm reached super typhoon status early on Sunday morning local time, after suddenly intensifying.

“The highest emergency preparedness and response protocol has been activated in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol region,” said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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SOURCE: CNN, Idris Mukhtar