Typhoon Usagi gaining strength as it approaches northern Philippines, southern Taiwan

September 20, 2013 7:00 AM

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Packing winds of 173 kph (108 mph) and gusts of 209 kph (131 mph), it was likely to strengthen rapidly into one of the most violent typhoons this year, with its eye expected to pass just south of Taiwan, the weather bureau said.

It is expected to begin bringing heavy rain to the northern Philippines and southern Taiwan on Friday.

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