Philippines braces for floods from tropical storm

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A Filipino girl walks with an umbrella as they prepare for incoming Typhoon Rammasun beside Manila's bay, Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Haunted by the memories of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly fury last year, tens of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday as Typhoon Rammasun blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall then barrel its way in the dark across densely-populated regions toward the capital, Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
Residents reinforce their homes built on stilts as they brace for incoming Typhoon Rammasun beside Manila's bay, Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Haunted by the memories of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly fury last year, tens of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday as Typhoon Rammasun blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall then barrel its way in the dark across densely-populated regions toward the capital, Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
COTABATO, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Mototists cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
A Filipino fisherman covers parts of his boat that is docked on top of piles of garbage as he prepares for a coming storm along a coastal village in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 14, 2014. The Philippines is bracing for possible floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Rammasun, locally called "Glenda", intensified while moving closer to the eastern seaboard. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A Filipino walks small fishing boats docked beside a coastal village of Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines as they prepare for a coming storm on Monday, July 14, 2014. The Philippines is bracing for possible floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Rammasun, locally called "Glenda", intensified while moving closer to the eastern seaboard. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Residents troop to an evacuation center as typhoon Rammasun is approaching to the northeastern Philippines, in Legazpi city, Albay province about 340 kilometers (212 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun, packing winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), was expected to smash into land later Tuesday in Albay or Sorsogon provinces, where thousands of residents have moved from their villages to emergency shelters. Schools suspended classes in several cities, including in the capital, Manila, in the typhoon's expected path and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been canceled due to bad weather. Albay, about 340 kilometers (212 miles) southeast of Manila, is a disaster-prone province where mudslides from Mayon, the country's most active volcano, buried villages in 2006 and left about 1,600 people dead and missing. (AP Photo)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
Commuters wait for their ride home as the country braces for typhoon Rammasun (local name "Glenda") which is expected to hit Manila the next day after it hurled toward the northeastern Philippines Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun, packing winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), was expected to smash into land later Tuesday in Albay or Sorsogon provinces, where thousands of residents have moved from their villages to emergency shelters. Schools suspended classes in several cities, including in the capital, Manila, in the typhoon's expected path and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.(AP Photo)
Residents strengthen their homes built on stilts as they brace for incoming Typhoon Rammasun, beside Manila's bay, Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Haunted by the memories of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly fury last year, tens of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday as Typhoon Rammasun blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall then barrel its way in the dark across densely-populated regions toward the capital, Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino fishermen check on their boat that are docked on top of piles of garbage as they prepare for a coming storm along a coastal village in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 14, 2014. The Philippines is bracing for possible floods and landslides as Tropical Storm Rammasun, locally called "Glenda", intensified while moving closer to the eastern seaboard. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Rains brought about by bad weather caused flooding on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
A Filipino man checks the roof of his house built on stilts as they brace for incoming Typhoon Rammasun beside Manila's bay, Philippines on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Haunted by the memories of Typhoon Haiyan’s deadly fury last year, tens of thousands of villagers fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday as Typhoon Rammasun blew closer toward the northeastern Philippines, where it was expected to hit land at nightfall then barrel its way in the dark across densely-populated regions toward the capital, Manila. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Commuters wait for their ride home as the country braces for typhoon Rammasun (local name "Glenda") which is expected to hit Manila the next day after it hurled toward the northeastern Philippines Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun, packing winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), was expected to smash into land later Tuesday in Albay or Sorsogon provinces, where thousands of residents have moved from their villages to emergency shelters. Schools suspended classes in several cities, including in the capital, Manila, in the typhoon's expected path and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled due to bad weather.(AP Photo)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: A motorcyclist crosses a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Children stand outside a flooded mosque on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: A boy is seen in flooded Mosque brought about by bad weather caused flooding on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - JULY 15: Residents are in flooded Mosque brought about by bad weather caused flooding on July 15, 2014 in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas of Philippines as the first major typhoon of the season is expected to make landfall this evening. Typhoon Rammasun is heading towards eastern Philippines and is likely to pass over the capital city Manila on its way through the country. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)
Meteorologists monitor the movement of typhoon Rammasun at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Manila on July 15, 2014. Thousands of people fled their homes and ships sheltered from heavy seas in the Philippines July 15 as the first major storm of the rainy season strengthened into a typhoon. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Meteorologists monitor the movement of typhoon Rammasun at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in Manila on July 15, 2014. Thousands of people fled their homes and ships sheltered from heavy seas in the Philippines July 15 as the first major storm of the rainy season strengthened into a typhoon. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines braced for possible floods and landslides as a tropical storm continued to strengthen on Monday as it approached the country's eastern seaboard.

Tropical Storm Rammasun was expected to intensify into a typhoon before making landfall Tuesday morning in Albay province, the government's weather bureau said.

Albay, about 340 kilometers (212 miles) southeast of Manila, is a disaster-prone province where mudslides from Mayon, the country's most active volcano, buried entire villages in 2006 and left about 1,600 people dead and missing.

Rammasun, locally named Glenda, was about 500 kilometers (310 miles) east of eastern Legazpi city as of Monday afternoon, packing sustained winds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph), government weather forecaster Rene Paciente said. It entered Philippine territory on Sunday while still over the Pacific Ocean.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the council's field offices in at least seven regions, including Metropolitan Manila, had been put on alert for landslides and flash floods.

"Our initial assessment is that there is not much on the wind. What we are wary about are landslides, flooding," Pama said.

Schools suspended classes Monday afternoon in some areas, including Manila, the capital. Local officials urged sea vessels not to sail in the storm's path, readied relief goods and prepared for the possible evacuation of residents, especially in flood- and landslide-prone areas.

Rammasun's impact is expected to be felt in metropolitan Manila starting Tuesday and will be over the capital by early Wednesday before moving into the South China Sea through either Bataan or Zambales province in the northwest, forecasters said. It is expected to be out of Philippine territory by Thursday, possibly moving toward southern China.

Central Philippine provinces have not yet fully recovered from the massive devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Haiyan's strong winds and tsunami-like storm surges flattened towns, leaving at least 6,300 people dead and more than 1,000 missing.

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