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More Than 700,000 People Evacuated As Typhoon Melor Hits Philippines

The storm made landfall on the island of Samar early Monday evening local time.

Last updated on December 14, 2015, at 7:43 a.m. ET

Posted on December 14, 2015, at 7:43 a.m. ET

More than 700,000 people fled their homes in the central Philippines before powerful Typhoon Melor made landfall on Monday, amid fears of flooding, landslides, and storm surges.

A coastal road in Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.
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A coastal road in Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.

The typhoon made landfall on Samar island early Monday evening local time, the Philippines' PAGASA weather bureau said. It made a second landfall in Sorgoson province later in the evening.

Military personnel evacuate residents from a village in the city of Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.
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Military personnel evacuate residents from a village in the city of Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.

On Monday morning, the typhoon was recorded with maximum winds of 93 mph near its center, with gusts of up to 115 mph, The Philippine Star reported.

Government meteorologists monitor from a satellite image of Typhoon Melor in Quezon City, Dec. 14.
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Government meteorologists monitor from a satellite image of Typhoon Melor in Quezon City, Dec. 14.

A total of 724,839 people — or 161,014 families — were pre-emptively evacuated in Albay, Sorsogon, and in Northern Samar, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said, according to The Philippine Star.

Stranded passengers wait inside a bus terminal in the city of Pasay, Metro Manila, Dec. 14.
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Stranded passengers wait inside a bus terminal in the city of Pasay, Metro Manila, Dec. 14.

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Some 40 domestic flights were grounded. Hundreds of fishing boats and 73 ferries were ordered to remain in port, The Guardian reported.

Passenger ships are seen docked at a port in Cebu island, Dec. 14.
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Passenger ships are seen docked at a port in Cebu island, Dec. 14.

Nearly 8,000 passengers were left stranded due to to the cancellations.

Children sit at an evacuation center in Legazpi city, Dec. 14.
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Children sit at an evacuation center in Legazpi city, Dec. 14.

Melor is following a similar path to the category-5 Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 8,000 people in 2013. While it is not as strong as that storm, it is still expected to pose a danger to lives and property, according to The Guardian.

A young evacuee wades through flooded school grounds in Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.
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A young evacuee wades through flooded school grounds in Legaspi, Albay province, Dec. 14.

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