Typhoon barrels toward Philippines after damaging Micronesia

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Posted: Apr 02, 2015 10:36 AM
Typhoon barrels toward Philippines after damaging Micronesia

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A typhoon that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes on islands in the western Pacific has weakened but is expected to cause flooding in the Philippines this weekend.

Typhoon Maysak was downgraded from a supertyphoon Thursday morning. Paul Stanko, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Guam, says the storm still is packing power as it barrels toward northern Luzon island in the Philippines.

He expects "buckets of rain" that could create flooding when the storm hits Sunday morning.

Officials say it left a path of destruction in Micronesia, killing four people, destroying 830 homes and displacing 6,760 residents in Chuuk state.

Frank Cholymay, the state's disaster coordinator, says falling trees caused some of the deaths, and a flying piece of wood fatally struck a child.