Philippines raises storm alert level as Matmo churns toward Taiwan

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Philippines raises storm alert level as Matmo churns toward Taiwan
A girl struggles with winds from approaching Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A fisherman walks past anchored boats in a reflection of clouds from approaching Typhoon Matmo on the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Filipino children play after a downpour due to Typhoon Matmo in suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo continues to exit the Philippines and is predicted to hit Taiwan next said Philippine weather forecasters. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A fishermen leaps to his boat in harbor as Typhoon Matmo approaches the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fishing boats are tied down in port as Typhoon Matmo approaches the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Hotel staff barricade lobby windows in preparation for Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Hotel staff barricade lobby windows in preparation for Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A girl struggles with winds from approaching Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers (85 miles) per hour. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fishermen unload the last catch and they tie down their boat as Typhoon Matmo approaches the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometrs per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fishermen tie down their boats as Typhoon Matmo approaches the eastern coast of Keelung, northeastern Taiwan, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The eye of Typhoon Matmo is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday bringing heavy rain and winds with gusts over 130 kilometers per hour (85 miles per hour). (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A worker walks past a 6.5-metre (21-foot) high scarecrow that has been secured to the ground before strong winds hit, at an organic farm in the town of Shanhsing in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
This general view shows dark clouds over a bridge above the Tungshan river in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Dark clouds pass over small islands near Nanfangao harbour in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian labourer wraps up a light bulb on a fishing boat used for late night fishing at Nanfangao harbour in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
A worker takes down white cranes used to scare away the birds at an organic farm before winds increase in the town of Shanhsing in Ilan county as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers tie down a 6.5-metre (21-foot) high scarecrow before strong winds hit, at an organic farm in the town of Shanhsing in Ilan county, as Typhoon Matmo approaches eastern Taiwan on July 22, 2014. Typhoon Matmo churned towards Taiwan on July 22 picking up strength with thousands of tourists evacuated from outlying islands as weather forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
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MANILA Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:08am IST

(Reuters) - The Philippines raised storm alert levels on Tuesday as Typhoon Matmo threatened to drench the extreme north of the main island of Luzon with heavy rain as it churned toward Taiwan and mainland China.

Packing sustained winds of 130 kph (80 mph) and gusts of up to 160 kph, Matmo was moving at 24 kph northwest towards central Taiwan.

The storm was estimated to be about 180 km (112 miles) north of Batanes group of islands on Tuesday morning.

Storm alert number 2 was raised in the Batanes, where 7.5 to 15 mm per hour of rainfall was expected on Tuesday. The typhoon was also expected to bring rain to other parts of Luzon.

Retired Admiral Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the government had suspended sea travel and prevented small fishing boats from venturing into the area.

"We do not expect the typhoon to make landfall anywhere in the country but we are still advising our people in the smaller islands in northern Luzon to take extra precautions," Pama said.

"We continue to track the typhoon and we expect it to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday afternoon."

Matmo came days after super Typhoon Rammasun killed nearly 100 people and destroyed 7.3 billion pesos ($168.46 million) of crops and infrastructure.

Wide areas of the southern half of Luzon remain without power after the storm toppled transmission lines and electric poles.

Nearly 600 people were stranded in three ports in northern Luzon after 11 ferries suspended service until the storm passes. At least 10 domestic flights were also cancelled. Schools were closed in northern Luzon.

Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea, picking up strength from the warm waters and dissipating over land.($1 = 43.3350 pesos)

(Reporting By Manuel Mogato; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Philippines raises storm alert level as Matmo churns toward Taiwan
A resident carries a tank of liquified petroleum gas as he negotiates a flooded area while Typhoon Rammasun nears suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A motorist (C) brave strong winds and rain as he travels along a highway as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People play near a damaged sea wall as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers pile sand bags along the sea wall of Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles drive along Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles drive along Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks through heavy wind and rain as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles pass by fallen trees along Roxas Boulevard as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People queue for food at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
UPDATES to clarify wind damage range; map shows path of Typhoon Rammasun compared to 2013 Typhoon Haiyan.
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident fixes the roof of his house in the rain as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents try to fix the roofs of their homes in the wind and rain as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars are pinned downed by uprooted trees near a posh subdivision as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Evacuees are seen at the basketball court turn into a evacuation center in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on Wednesday as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy carries a plastic bag filled with belongings as residents evacuate from their homes as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorists speed past uprooted trees along a road as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents cross a flooded street to an evacuation center as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians walk past uprooted trees along a highway as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Filipino resident takes pictures using her smartphone outside a flooded village as Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A fireman (R) helps a mother and her child evacuate from their house at an informal settlers' area as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Motorists speed past uprooted trees along a road as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
People play near a damaged sea wall as Typhoon Rammasun hit Metro Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents brave strong winds and rain as they evacuate from their homes at an informal settlers' area as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A father leads his children to an ambulance as residents at an informal settlers' area are evacuated from their homes as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
A village official leads a child as he is evacuated from their house at an informal settlers' area as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents of the slum community of Baseco evacuate to safer grounds at the onslaught of typhoon Rammasun in Manila Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas Wednesday but the Philippine capital and densely populated northern provinces were spared a direct battering when its fierce winds shifted slightly.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A couple with there belongings move to safer ground as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People rest at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at a basketball arena used as a shelter after they evacuated their homes in Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly man uses a rubber mat to cover himself as he braves strong wind and rain along a road as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars are pinned downed by uprooted trees near a posh subdivision as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: Street dwellers of Manila City found a temporary shelter on the underpass of Lawton in Manila City during Typhoon Glenda's (international name: Rammasun) strike on Metro Manila. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: The Public Safety Department of MMDA make a clearing operation of a fallen tree along Marcos Highway in Santolan, Pasig City during Typhoon Glenda's (international name: Rammasun) striking on Metro Manila. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: The Public Safety Department of MMDA make a clearing operation of a fallen tree along Marcos Highway in Santolan, Pasig City during Typhoon Glenda's (international name: Rammasun) striking on Metro Manila. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - 2014/07/16: The Public Safety Department of MMDA make a clearing operation of a fallen tree along Marcos Highway in Santolan, Pasig City during Typhoon Glenda's (international name: Rammasun) striking on Metro Manila. (Photo by Gregorio B. Dantes Jr./Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Motorists speed past uprooted trees along a highway as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/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)
Residents brave strong winds and rain as they evacuate from their homes at an informal settlers' area as Typhoon Rammasun barrels across Manila on July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on July 16 as authorities said the first major storm of the country's brutal rainy season claimed at least one life and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
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)
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 man salvages what is left of his makeshift house as Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Young residents look at the remains of damaged homes as Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Residents of the slum community of Baseco evacuate to safer grounds at the onslaught of typhoon Rammasun which battered Manila, Philippines Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A father and his son evacuate to safer grounds as Typhoon Rammasun battered Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Rammasun left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents at the slum community of Baseco evacuate to safer grounds at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) which battered Manila Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A resident of the slum community of Baseco evacuates to safer grounds as Typhoon Rammasun battered Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents of the slum community of Baseco evacuate to safer grounds as Typhoon Rammasun battered Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital and densely populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Residents at the slum community of Baseco line up to board an ambulance as they are evacuated to safer grounds at the onslaught of typhoon Rammasun Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Rammasun left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas Wednesday but the Philippine capital and densely populated northern provinces were spared a direct battering when its fierce winds shifted slightly.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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)
Residents wade through floods as they go back to their home while Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino children play with a bathtub along flooded roads as Typhoon Rammasun batters suburban Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun knocked out power in many areas but it spared the Philippine capital, Manila, and densely-populated northern provinces from being directly battered Wednesday when its fierce wind shifted slightly away, officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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