Typhoon strikes Philippines, with a record barometric pressure

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As super Typhoon Rai slammed into the Philippines’ main island of Luzon on Saturday, rescue efforts got underway as officials assessed the impact of the powerful storm. Rai’s barometric pressure is the lowest recorded for any typhoon in the world, according to Weather.com.

More than 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate and the national government has put aside 1 billion pesos ($20 million) to help communities, according to CNN. The coastal city of Cagayan — which is home to 200,000 people and was hit by super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 — is among the areas affected.

Rai is currently the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. The Philippine National Red Cross has warned that “more severe weather and extreme tides” could be expected in the coming days as local and national governments are still assessing the damage.

Read the full story at CNN.

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