• Tropical storm Kammuri struck the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and prompting preemptive stops in flight, schools and government offices, with some 200,000 people evacuated after cautions of floods and landslides.
  • Kammuri is the 20 th hurricane to hit the country this year.
  • The storm was loading 155 kph (96 mph) wind speeds and gusts of as much as 235 kph (146 mph). Authorities warned of landslides, storm surges and floods triggered by heavy winds and rain.
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MANILA (Reuters) – A tropical storm struck the Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rains and triggering preemptive halts in air travel, schools and federal government offices, with some 200,000 individuals left after warnings of floods and landslides.

Hurricane Kammuri, the 20 th tropical cyclone to strike the country this year, weakened a little and moved slowly across main parts of the island chain throughout the night, with damage minor reported in some areas.

The storm was packing 155 kph (96 mph) wind speeds and gusts of up to 235 kph (146 miles per hour), the weather condition bureau stated. Authorities alerted of landslides, storm rises and floods activated by heavy winds and rain, preemptively moving 200,000 people to safe locations in numerous lots provinces.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or substantial damage.

The primary airport in Manila would be closed for 12 hours from 11: 00 a.m. to 11: 00 p.m. (0300 GMT to 1500 GMT) as a preventative measure, although flight continued in untouched locations of the nation.

Federal government workplaces and schools were closed in impacted areas and utilities companies appealed for patience ahead of awaited power outages. The coastguard halted business sea travel in impacted locations.

Regional television revealed video of the main airport in Legazpi province with cables, lighting and panels hanging from the ceiling. Pictures published by social networks users revealed waves crashing against bulwarks, dropped trees and signage, and some small damage to electrical power poles.

The Philippines is hosting the Southeast Asian Games and organizers delayed a number of occasions, including the surfing, kayak, windsurfing, cruising and canoe contests.

( Reporting by Martin Petty. Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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