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Fishermen ride on their boat as dark clouds loom over the city brought by Typhoon Usagi in Manila

Fishermen ride on their boat as dark clouds loom over the city brought by Super Typhoon Usagi in Navotas City, metro Manila September 21, 2013. The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines' northernmost islands on Saturday, cutting communication and power lines, triggering landslides and inundating rice fields, officials said. Packing winds of 185 kph (114 mph) near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph, Typhoon Usagi weakened after hitting the Batanes island group, and is moving slowly west-northwest at 19 kph towards southern China, the weather bureau said. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE)

Super typhoon Usagi (Odette) in PH

Batanes island chain terrified locals spent the night in their houses as savage winds raged outside.

"This is the strongest typhoon to hit Batanes in 25 years," Dina Abad, the district's representative to Congress, told AFP.

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