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A powerful typhoon has stranded thousands in the Philippines

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A powerful and fast-moving typhoon moved through the northern Philippines Sunday, leaving at least two people dead and displacing more than 15,000. 

Typhoon Sarika blew into the Aurora province early Sunday and made a quick exit by midday after ripping through heavily populated agricultural provinces. 

By 4 p.m. the storm had reached the South China Sea, which is about 160 miles off the coast of the Philippines. 

The typhoon had winds of 80 mph and gusts of up to 125 mph, according to the Philippines' weather agency.

Despite the storm's strength, it didn't linger long enough to cause major damage to regions in its path. 

However, the storm did force at least 15,700 villagers to flee their homes and seek refuge at emergency shelters. 

The storm knocked down trees and power lines and caused flooding in five provinces. 

We have yet to receive the complete details, but I think the situation is manageable.
Ricardo Jalad, with the Office of Civil Defense.

Mayor Nelianto Bihasa of Baler, which is a popular surfing town in the Aurora province, said the strong winds ripped the roofs off of many houses and caused power outages. 

People in the village were warned to leave before the storm hit, likely preventing widespread casualties, according to Bihasa. 


At least one person drowned after being swept away by strong river currents. A farmer also reportedly died after his head hit the ground during the fierce winds. 

Provincial safety officer Gerry Beo added that three fishermen are also still missing. 

Beo said a month's worth of rain fell Friday as the typhoon approached. He added that most towns in the island province of about 260,000 people have no electricity. 

As Typhoon Sarika blew out of the Philippines, authorities turned their attention to another storm, which has been spotted further out in the Pacific. 

That too may strengthen into a powerful typhoon as it approaches the Philippines. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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