Hundreds of thousands flee from Philippine typhoon

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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) - Haunted by last year's devastating storm, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fled from disaster-prone areas Tuesday in advance of another typhoon due to hit the northeast at nightfall before barreling across densely populated regions toward the capital.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but three fishermen were declared missing after they failed to return to shore as fast-moving Typhoon Rammasun, which was packing sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph (93 mph), hurtled toward Sorsogon and Albay provinces.

About 300,000 people moved to safer ground from their homes in Sorsogon, Albay and four other provinces threatened by flooding, landslides and storm surges, many of them wary because of the widespread deaths and destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the country's central region last November, officials said. Haiyan's strong winds and tsunami-like storm surges flattened towns, leaving at least 6,300 people dead and more than 1,000 missing.

Albay, about 340 kilometers (212 miles) southeast of Manila, the capital, has had its share of major disasters. Mudslides from Mayon, the country's most active volcano, buried villages during a 2006 typhoon and left about 1,600 people dead and missing.

"I got scared because our house was being pounded by strong wind and rain. We went and got drenched in the rain," Lucille Navarro, a 35-year-old mother of two, said by cellphone Tuesday from a crowded evacuation shelter in Albay's Daraga town, where she brought her son and daughter.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, said many villagers, mindful of past disasters, cooperated and moved rapidly when told to evacuate. But he added that he was concerned the typhoon would roar through some densely populated regions in the dark.

Many areas shut off their power deliberately, while the others lost electricity as wind and rain began to pummel coastal communities.

Schools suspended classes in several cities in the typhoon's expected path, including Manila, and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights were canceled due to bad weather.

The first impact from Rammasun is expected to be felt in metropolitan Manila early Wednesday, with the storm forecast to blow across or near the flood-prone capital of 12 million people before passing through rice-growing northern provinces. It is expected to start moving over the South China Sea on Thursday.

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