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Typhoon slams into northern Philippines

MANILA — A typhoon flooded villages and farms in the northern Philippine’s major rice-growing region early Saturday, but officials said no casualties were immediately reported.

Typhoon Nari slammed into Aurora province northeast of Manila late Friday with 94-mile-per-hour winds and gusts of up to 116 miles per hour.

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Secretary of State John Kerry had called off his trip to the Philippines on Friday due to the weather.

More than 2,500 people were evacuated from coastal villages before the typhoon made landfall, said provincial disaster officer Amado Elson Egargue.

Authorities shut off electricity for the province before the storm, and power restoration will depend upon the extent of the damage, he said.

In nearby Nueva Ecija province, Governor Aurelio Umali told DZMM radio that fallen trees and electric pylons blocked all the major roads in the province.

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