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Typhoon Hagupit weakens as death toll climbs

Typhoon Hagupit weakened to become a tropical storm on Monday as it continued to churn over the Philippines. The death toll from the storm rose to 21, far lower than last year's devastating Haiyan, a super typhoon that left more than 7,300 dead or missing. More than a million people have sought refuge in shelters. Hagupit's top sustained winds have decreased from 109 mph to 65 mph. The storm is expected to reach the town of Batangas, 68 miles south of Manila, by Monday night.