Typhoon threatens central Philippines, 750,000 evacuated

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MANILA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the central Philippines on Monday as a typhoon with winds of up to 150 kph (95 mph) made landfall, dumping heavy rain that could cause flooding, landslides and storm surges, authorities warned.

About 40 domestic flights were grounded, while 73 ferries and hundreds of fishing boats were ordered to remain in port as typhoon Melor hit the village of Batag on the northern tip of Samar island.

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Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitor and plot the direction of powerful Typhoon Melor at their headquarters in suburban Manila on December 14, 2015. More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation, officials said on December 14. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP / JAY DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Government weather forecaster Loriedin De La Cruz briefs the media on Typhoon Melor at the weather bureau center in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila as it hits the eastern Philippines Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Thousands of residents evacuated as the typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet), officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Government meteorologists monitor from a satellite image of Typhoon Melor fat the weather bureau center in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines as it hits the eastern Philippines Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Thousands of residents evacuated as the typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines, where flood- and landslide-prone communities are bracing for destructive winds, heavy rains and coastal floods of up to 4 meters (13 feet), officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitor and plot the direction of powerful Typhoon Melor at their headquarters in suburban Manila on December 14, 2015. More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation, officials said on December 14. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO / AFP / JAY DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident walks past big waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in the city of Legaspi in Albay province, south of Manila on December 14, 2015, as typhoon Melor approaches the city. More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation, officials said December 14. AFP PHOTO/Charism Sayat / AFP / Charism SAYAT (Photo credit should read CHARISM SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
A young evacuee wades through flooded school grounds while others look on from a school building being used as an evacuation center in the city of Legaspi in Albay province, south of Manila on December 14, 2015, as typhoon Melor approaches the city. More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation, officials said December 14. AFP PHOTO/Charism Sayat / AFP / Charism SAYAT (Photo credit should read CHARISM SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Military personnel evacuate residents from a village in the city of Legaspi in Albay province, south of Manila on December 14, 2015, as typhoon Melor approaches the city. More than 700,000 people fled the central Philippines amid threats of giant waves, floods and landslides as powerful Typhoon Melor approached the archipelago nation, officials said December 14. AFP PHOTO/Charism Sayat / AFP / Charism SAYAT (Photo credit should read CHARISM SAYAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Known locally as typhoon Nona, it was expected to roll across nearby islands before making landfall later on Monday close to Sorsogon, about 385 km (240 miles) southeast of the capital, Manila, on the heavily populated main island of Luzon.

Melor was plotting a similar path to Haiyan, a category 5 typhoon that struck the central Philippines in 2013. Almost 8,000 people were killed or left missing by Haiyan.

Disaster authorities have temporarily closed schools and some offices and evacuated about 750,000 people in three provinces. About 8,000 people were stranded after the coast guard stopped ferries and fishing boats from leaving ports in the central Philippines.

"Melor is a very compact typhoon, so that will prevent its most devastating impacts from extending too far from its center," said AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Douty.

He said the typhoon had weakened a little as it encountered drier air early on Monday. "While Melor will not slam onshore as a super typhoon as once feared, it still poses dangers to lives and property," Douty said.

Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said typhoon Melor was expected to cause flooding, landslides and storm surges of up to 4 meters (13 feet) and disrupt power and communications.

About 20 provinces, some around Manila, are under public storm alert due to strong winds and torrential rains of up to 300 mm (12 inches) within a 300 km (185 miles) radius.

About 20 major typhoons pass through the Philippines each year.

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Children play on the street in front of the Tacloban Astrodome evacuation center following the recent super typhoon on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of the tacloban Astro Dome one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20: Children play on the street in front of the Tacloban Astrodome evacuation center following the recent super typhoon on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the tacloban Astro Dome one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A single tree is seen standing amid the rubble in Tacloban City following the recent super typhoon on November 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of residential area in Magallanes district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 4, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 04: In this before-and-after composite image (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 18: A single tree is seen standing amid the rubble in Tacloban City following the recent super typhoon on November 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of residential area in Magallanes district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 4, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A group of boys play with replica guns amongst debris in Tacloban City following the recent super typhoon on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of the main road in Anibong district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 04: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 17: A group of boys play with replica guns amongst debris in Tacloban City following the recent super typhoon on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the main road in Anibong district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Bodies are seen on a road before being placed in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View from Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20: View from Basper Cemetary of bodies on a road before being placed in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View from Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Bodies are seen on a road before being placed in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20: Bodies are seen on a road before being placed in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Bodies are seen in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on November 9, has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon, however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of the mass grave site at Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 20: Bodies are seen in a mass grave on the outskirts of Tacloban City on November 20, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the mass grave site at Basper Cemetary one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
A body waits to be collected on the side of the road in Tacloban City on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as one of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View along the road from the airport one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 14: A body waits to be collect on the side of the road in Tacloban City on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View along the road from the airport one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
People line up for relief handouts outside the Tacloban Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
View of the grounds of the Tacloban Astro Dome one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 15: People line up for relief handouts outside the Tacloban Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the grounds of the Tacloban Astro Dome one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 04: In this before-and-after composite image (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 19: A man waits for transport in San Roque, Tolosa District on November 19, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the entrance to San Roque Elementary School one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 4, 2014 in Tolosa, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 04: In this before-and-after composite image (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 17: Residents clear debris away following the recent super typhoon on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View of the main road in Anibong district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 04: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 17: A general view of the destroyed coastline in Taclaban City on November 17, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View overlooking Magallanes district one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 4, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
TACLOBAN, LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 03: In this before-and-after composite image (Top) LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 14: A homemade casket is seen on the side of the road as curfew approaches on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. (Bottom) View along the road from the airport one year after Typhoon Haiyan on November 3, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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