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People in northern Philippines brace for typhoon impact

As Typhoon Meranti approaches, all churches are ready to serve as evacuation centers

September 13, 2016

Catholic churches in the northern Philippines are preparing for the possible effects of Typhoon Meranti that threatens the country.

State weather forecasters reported that as of noon on Sept. 13, the typhoon was 340 kilometers east, southeast of the northern province of Batanes packing winds of up to 215 km/h.

"We are prepared. All churches are ready to serve as evacuation centers," said Monsignor Noel Ian Rabago, social action director of Laoag Diocese.

Father Augustus Calubaquib, social action director of Tuguegarao Diocese, expressed hope the typhoon would not cause severe damage.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration advised residents in the northern part of the country to take precautionary measures against the impact of very strong winds and heavy rainfall.

Typhoon Meranti is the sixth tropical cyclone to threaten the Philippines this year.

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