Typhoon that killed hundreds makes U-turn, threatens Philippines again

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that killed nearly 600 people and left hundreds missing in the southern Philippines has made a U-turn and is now threatening the country's northwest

The country's weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the main northern island of Luzon today after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. Forecasters say there's a strong possibility the storm would make a second landfall tomorrow, though it also could make a loop and remain in the South China Sea.

In either case, the storm is moving close to shore and disaster officials are warning of heavy rains and winds and possible landslides in the mountains.

Another calamity in the north would stretch recovery efforts thin. Most government resources, including army and police, are currently focused on the south, where the typhoon struck Tuesday.

Officials in the south say search teams are working without the help of local guides because many survivors there are still in shock.

Soldiers, police and outside volunteers continue to search for bodies or signs of life under the tons of fallen trees and boulders swept down from the steep hills that surround the worst-hit town of New Bataan.

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APPHOTO XBM113: A girl is comforted upon seeing the sealed coffin of her relative at a damaged public market which now serves as a makeshift mortuary for typhoon Bopha's victims at New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. Search and rescue operations following typhoon Bopha that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (8 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XBM112: Arlene Barcelona sits at a damaged public market for the wake of her mother Felicitas who was killed at the height of Tuesday's typhoon Bopha at New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. Search and rescue operations following a typhoon that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (8 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XBM111: A typhoon evacuee prepares a clothesline at an evacuation center at Maparat township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. Search and rescue operations following typhoon Bopha that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (8 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XBM103: Residents walk back home after receiving relief supplies at the village of Andap, New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. Search and rescue operations following a typhoon that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (8 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO XBM123: A resident covers his nose as he walks past typhoon Bopha's victims which are left unattended at New Bataan township, Compostela Valley in southern Philippines Saturday Dec. 8, 2012. Search and rescue operations following typhoon Bopha that killed nearly 600 people in the southern Philippines have been hampered in part because many residents of this ravaged farming community are too stunned to assist recovery efforts, an official said Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (8 Dec 2012)

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