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    Typhoon Nesat Slams Philippines, Heads for South China

    By By Jim Andrews, Accuweather.com Senior Meteorologist
    September 29, 2011, 1:40:09 AM EDT

    Powerful Typhoon Nesat barreled across the northern Philippines' main island Tuesday, bringing flooding rain, high winds and landslides while killing at least 20 people.

    A Philippines government official called the storm "one of the largest the country has faced this year," with the path of its wind and rain "twice as big as average," according to a report on The Australian website.

    The storm's torrential rain filled some streets of Manila, the nation's biggest metropolis, with waist-deep water, according to a number of reports online. High waves off Manila Bay pounded the city's seawall.

    The Associated Press reports the death toll from Nesat has reached at least 20 with 35 people missing.

    Typhoon Nesat, known locally in the Philippines as Pedring, pounds Manila Bay early in the morning on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, local time. Video uploaded by YouTube user bflavi.

    Ahead of the storm, 100,000 people had been evacuated on Monday, the Manila Times said. Schools were closed, flights were grounded and the military had been put on standby.

    Winds may have reached 100 mph near the time of Nesat's landfall in northeastern Luzon early Tuesday. The storm weakened somewhat in crossing the rugged landscape of northern Luzon but still packed enough of a wallop to unleash winds of 40 to 60 mph in Manila.

    Tuesday afternoon, local time, the typhoon's center headed back out to sea west of northern Luzon, headed for South China. Now over the South China Sea, Nesat is forecast to strengthen again on a westerly to northwesterly path that will see a landfall in Hainan Island or southwestern Guangdong, China, as early as Thursday.

    Northern Vietnam could also feel the direct impact of this major storm.

    Forecasters in the Philippines have dubbed this storm Pedring.

    Meteorologist Bill Deger contributed to the content of this story

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