Philippines issues an extreme emergency alert as Super Typhoon Noru approaches

Sunday, 25 September 2022 - 14:43

The storm, known locally as Super Typhoon Karding, reached super typhoon status early on Sunday morning local time in the Philippines after suddenly intensifying.

"The highest emergency preparedness and response protocol has been activated in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol region," said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

It urged the public to take care, adding strong winds are expected to hit within the next 18 hours

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the northern part of Quezon or the southern part of Aurora in the evening, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on a live hourly television bulletin.

It said it does not rule out an earlier landfall in Polillo Islands in the afternoon.

Schools in multiple cities including Muntinlupa City and Aurora suspended classes for Monday, September 26, due to the approaching storm.