MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A typhoon with sustained winds of 140 mph and even stronger gusts is making its way toward the northern Philippines.
Forecasters says Typhoon Megi is expected to make landfall Monday morning.
Officials are warning of that the winds and pounding rains could damage agriculture, residential areas as well as power and communications. They're urging residents to cancel all outdoor activities and have one family member keep watch overnight.
Thousands have already been evacuating areas prone to storm surges, flooding and landslides.
Military reserve officers and volunteers are on stand-by, along with helicopters. Emergency authorities have pre-positioned rescue boats and thousands of food packs near vulnerable areas.
An angry President Benigno Aquino III fired the head of the weather bureau in July for failing to predict that a typhoon would hit Manila. More than 100 people were killed in the city and outlying provinces by that storm.