No serious injuries reported as Category 4 typhoon hits Japan, lashes Philippines

No serious injuries have been reported in the Philippines from a powerful typhoon that slammed into the archipelago with winds of 165 mph.

Super Typhoon “Rai” hit as a category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, meaning wind damage would have been severe.

Authorities have asked all coastal and low-lying areas near the coast to leave for higher ground, and fishing boats have been evacuated to safer anchorage.

On land, damage from the typhoon was minor, with areas damaged by falling trees and power lines.

Rai drenched the northern Philippines with more than 10 inches of rain as it sped across the northeastern part of the country on Monday, killing one person and damaging houses and roads. It was moving northwest at about 20 miles per hour.

The storm hit several northeastern towns near Tacloban City on Leyte Island, where Haiyan hit on Nov. 8, 2013, leaving more than 7,300 people dead or missing.

The Chinese government said China was coordinating with other countries for crisis management, including potential stockpiling of food and other necessities.

Over a million people have been evacuated from areas along the storm’s path, and several cities suspended ferry services and ordered schools and offices to be closed.

Authorities say the typhoon is the strongest to make landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 7,300 people and left thousands injured and homeless in the central Philippines in 2013.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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