Typhoon Rai Batters Coastal Areas Close to Surigao City

Destructive winds hit central and eastern regions of the Philippines on Thursday afternoon, December 16, as Typhoon Rai, known locally as Typhoon Odette, swept westward across areas of the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) put portions of central provinces, such as Cebu, Bohol, and Negros, under a Signal 4 warning, meaning the storm’s wind speeds range between 106 mph and 136 mph. The conditions prompted the evacuation of thousands of people in Cebu City, local media reported.

Pagasa has also warned of storm surges reaching up to three meters in height.

Surigao del Norte, the northern portion of Surigao del Sur, was under a Signal 2 warning, with Pagasa forecasting “damaging gale- to storm-force winds.” This footage, taken by Lerie Ablas-Quinanola in Malimono, a coastal area southwest of Surigao City, shows the storm’s winds battering trees and buildings. Credit: Lerie Ablas-Quiñanola via Storyful

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