Super Typhoon Bopha Slams into Philippines

Published 12/04 2012 10:00AM

Updated 12/04 2012 10:05AM

Super Typhoon Bopha, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, made landfall in the southern Philippines early Tuesday, The Weather Channel reported.

The storm is equivalent to a category-five hurricane, according to The Weather Channel report.

The storm came ashore in the southern province of Davao at dawn, uprooting trees and blowing off roofs, Australian broadcaster ABC reported.

On Monday, Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned the public to take storm warnings seriously. "The potential destruction of this typhoon is no joke," Aquino said in a national television and radio address.

Disaster authorities suspended ferries, banned small fishermen from going to sea, closed schools and suspended small-scale mining operations.

About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, often causing death and destruction.

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