Philippines Second Typhoon in a Week

(CNN) -- A powerful typhoon churned westward Friday toward the Philippines, as flood-ravaged regions of the nation struggled to recover from a typhoon that slammed into the country just four days earlier, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

Tropical Storm Mitag, with sustained winds of up to 105 mph (169 kph) and gusts of 127 mph (204 mph), was poised to hit the southern portion of Luzon, the northernmost of the island groups in the Philippines, sometime this weekend, forecasters said.

As of 2:20 a.m., (5:20 p.m. ET), Mitag, called Mina in the Philippines, was about 400 miles (645 kilometers) east of Manila, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said.

Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Hagibis, called Lando in the Philippines, struck Visayas and Mindanao, the central and southern island groups of the archipelago nation, setting off floods and landslides, the Philippine government reported on its Web site. The storm killed least 10 people, the government said.


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