A tropical storm brought severe winds and rain to the northern Philippines on Tuesday, injuring at least two people and prompted the president to close schools and government buildings in the capital and neighboring provinces.

After slamming into Maconacon town in Isabela province on Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Ma-on weakened slightly as it blew northwestward across mountainous northern provinces with sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 125 kilometers per hour, according to government forecasters.

They predict that the storm will begin to drift away from the country overnight and travel toward southern China.

Despite the fact that the storm’s impact was felt primarily at the northern tip of the main Luzon region, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. canceled courses and government activity in the highly populated capital region and six outlying provinces as a precaution.

“The heavy rains pose potential hazards to the general public,” said Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

The school cancellations come a day after millions of primary and secondary pupils returned to classrooms across the Philippines for the first time in two years due to coronavirus.

Source: AP News

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