super typhoon 'nock-ten' makes landfall in the philippines- Super Typhoon Nock-ten has left more than 11,000 passengers stranded after roaring into the Philippines and forcing the closure of ports in the Southeast Asian country.
The typhoon, known locally as Nina, made landfall over Bato in the province of Catanduanes at 8 p. m. local time (7 a.m. ET) on Christmas day.
A typhoon packing gusts of wind up to 255km/h (158mph) has made landfall in the eastern Philippines.
Nock-Ten hit the coast near Catanduanes island at 18:30 local time (10:30GMT) but there are no reports yet of damage or casualties.
Some 11,476 passengers, more than 1,000 cargo ships and over a dozen other vessels were stranded in various ports in the region, the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported Sunday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that as of 8 a.m local time on Monday, 77,560 families -- 383,097 people -- were in evacuation centers in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol and Easter Visayas.
Dozens of ports have closed, with warnings of two-metre (6.6ft) waves.
In October, Super Typhoon Haima hit the country, killing at least four people.
The landfall of Nock-Ten, also known as Nina and the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, was reported on the Twitter account of Pagasa-Dost, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
It issued a local thunderstorm warning and has forecast the typhoon will travel west at 15km/h.
Its sustained winds are currently about 185km/h.
It will pass across the southern area of the main island of Luzon, possibly weakening as it travels close to the capital, Manila, before heading into the South China Sea.
The strength of the typhoon is equivalent to a Category Three hurricane in the Atlantic, according to the JTWC data, or a Category Two storm based on the information from the Philippines' weather office.
The Philippines has been battered by devastating typhoons in recent years, most notably Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 -- considered to be among the strongest storms to make landfall. Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people and forced nearly 4 million people from their homes.