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Typhoon slams into northeastern Philippines

MANILA — Typhoon Haima slammed into the northeastern coast of the Philippines late Wednesday with ferocious winds and rain that rekindled fears and memories from the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Haima, which has sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of up to 195 miles per hour, smashed inland in Penablanca town in Cagayan province shortly before midnight, weather officials said. Many villages lost power and intense winds tore tin roofs off houses.

‘‘We can’t go out because the wind is so intense, trees are being forced down,’’ Councilor Elisa Arugay told DZMM radio from Camasi village in Penablanca.

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Officials were concerned because the powerful typhoon struck at night and was expected to hit towns and cities amid power outages. After Cagayan, Haima is forecast to blow across the mountainous province of Apayao and then lash Ilocos Norte province before exiting into the South China Sea Thursday morning.

The government’s weather agency raised the highest of a five-level storm warning in six northern provinces, which meant that powerful winds could inflict ‘‘very heavy to widespread damage’’ and whip up storm surges of up to 16 feet, enough to engulf shanties in many rural communities.

Many of the provinces are still recovering from powerful Typhoon Sarika, which left at least two people dead and displaced tens of thousands of villagers last weekend.

Associated Press