MANILA, Philippines — A tropical storm barreling toward the northern Philippines today intensified into a typhoon with destructive winds and rain threatening farmland and populated areas, including the capital, Manila.
Typhoon Nari forced U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a trip today to the Philippines. Kerry, who was visiting Southeast Asia for regional summits, said in Brunei on Thursday he was advised by his pilots to postpone the trip.
The typhoon was forecast to slam ashore in northeastern Aurora province late today or early Saturday with winds of 75 mph and gusts of up to 95 mph. Rainfall is likely to exceed 4 to 8 inches with up to 12 inches in mountainous areas — about a month’s average in 24 hours.