The government's weather agency said the typhoon was at sea about 125 kilometres east of northern Calayan Island on the northern tip of the archipelago and is not expected to make landfall.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 195 kph. The slow-moving typhoon is forecast to start blowing away from the country on Sunday, passing east of Taiwan and heading toward Okinawa, Japan, early next week.
Several flights and ferry trips have been canceled. Hundreds of families were moved to storm shelters in the north and authorities scrapped classes in several towns in metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces due to flooding and danger from the howling wind.

Goni, a Korean word for swan, is the ninth of about 20 storms and typhoons that are expected to batter the Philippines, one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, this year.


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