Latest on Typhoon Ramassun in the Philippines

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

At least a dozen people have died in the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.

The typhoon known as Ramassun, the Thai term for god of thunder, roared through the Philippines.

The deadly storm battered the region with ferocious 90-plus mile per hour winds - toppling trees and power lines.

Manila was spared the brunt of it - but hundreds of thousands in the capital were forced from their homes.

Families packed make-shift shelters.

Before the storm struck, residents tried to reinforce their roofs - but Rammasun's strength still tore them apart.

The typhoon dumped months-worth of rains in just hours - turning streets into rivers.

Ramassun - nicknamed Glenda - blew ashore as the equivalent of a category two hurricane.

Forecasters say the now weakened system could hit China by the weekend.

About 20 storms and typhoons hit the Philippines every year.

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