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What we’re watching Saturday

A car drives past waterfalls created by the run-off of rain from Usagi near the town of Hengtsun in southeast Pingtung county on Sept. 21, as the storm sweeps past the southern parts of the island.

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Typhoon Usagi hits Philippines, continues trajectory toward southern China

From Reuters:

Usagi, which has been labeled a super typhoon, made landfall on Itbayat, the Philippine island closest to Taiwan, toppling communication and power lines, uprooting trees, causing landslides and flooding rice and garlic farms.

“It’s rare that we suffer casualties as a result of typhoons,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, a former congressman for Batanes, told Reuters, saying the province had not experienced a powerful typhoon in 25 years. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports that Hong Kong businesses and residents are preparing for the storm— with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways halting operations in the city starting Sunday evening.

Gunmen open fire on crowd in Nairobi

A group of armed men targeted shoppers at an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, killing at least 20 people, according to a Kenya Red Cross official. That number may rise as the day progresses, and we’ll keep an eye on it.

From the Associated Press:

“We are treating this as a terrorist attack,” said police chief Benson Kibue, adding that there are likely no more than 10 attackers involved. Gunfire continued to be exchanged outside the mall, as a group of people remained in hiding inside the building.

Police did not say what group was responsible for the attack.

Chicago welcomes rare baby black rhino

Amid continuing violence and disruption in the city of Chicago — a decidedly lighter news item from the Windy City (via Yahoo! News).

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