May 10, 2015 11:59 PM EDT

At least two people were killed and almost 4,000 others were forced to evacuate their homes as Typhoon Noul slammed into the northern Philippines, the national disaster agency said Monday.

By midmorning Monday, Noul — called Typhoon Dodong locally — was maintaining its strength as it moved toward the Batanes Islands, with sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts up to 120 mph, the national weather bureau said. Noul was expected to start heading for southern Japan by Tuesday, according to the weather bureau, known by the acronym PAGASA.

NDRRMC, the national disaster agency, said Noul made a direct hit Sunday with buckets of rain and mammoth waves …

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