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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Typhoon Basyang kills 37 in Philippines

The first typhoon of the 2010 season to hit the Philippines brought a deadly start to the tropical season. Thirty-seven people were killed by the typhoon as it crossed Luzan Island earlier this week. Typhoon Conson, known as Basyang in the Philippines, struck land with 75 mph winds which took out the power grid plunging thousands in darkness.

Typhoon Conson Kills 37 in Philippines (Earthweek)
The Philippines’s first typhoon of the rainy season killed at least 37 people as it brought flash flooding and destructive winds to six provinces, mainly near Manila.
Typhoon Conson was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph when it made landfall Tuesday night in the country’s Bicol region.

It then cut a path across the heart of the country before raking Manila and eventually weakening to tropical storm force and departing off the west coast of Luzon Island.

High winds and rising flood waters knocked out power to many parts of the capital, where downed power lines and trees littered roadways.

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