Strong tropical storm threatens Philippines

750,000 evacuated as Melor's gusts reach 150kph, hits the same area ravaged by Haiyan in 2013
Manila: A strong tropical storm lashed the eastern part of central Philippines on Monday, threatening the disaster-prone nation’s east coast with giant waves, flooding and landslides, Civil Defence officials warned.
Up to 750,000 people had been evacuated to safer ground as gusts of up to 150kph made landfall in Samar province, dumping heavy rain that could cause flooding, landslides and storm surges, warned forecasters.
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.