Typhoon Noul heading towards Philippines

Noul, seen here on May 5, 2015, before it reached typhoon status. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

TORONTO – The Philippines is bracing for a typhoon that could strike the island by Saturday.

Typhoon Noul (which the Philippines has designated as Dodong) is about 1,000 kilometres east-southeast of Manila. The Category 3 storm is moving west-northwest at almost two kilometres per hour.

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Maximum sustained winds are about 185 km/h but with gusts of more than 230 km/h.

The forecast path of Typhoon Noul. Global News

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country’s weather service, has issued a public storm warning to regions within the storm’s path, including Luzon, the country’s most populous island.

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The storm continues to intensify as it passes over the warm waters. It’s forecast to reach the Philippines as a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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