Powerful Typhoon Slams Philippines

Powerful winds and intense flooding pummeled parts of the Philippines, leaving more than a dozen people dead.
Waves as tall as palm trees turned streets into rivers.

A powerful typhoon slammed the Philippines, killing more than a dozen people.

The capital, Manila, hadn't seen flooding like this in decades.

This group of women had to hold onto a rope to cross the street.

People waded through waist-high floodwaters.

Rescuers used boats to save some people.

Up to an inch of rain fell every hour.

90 mile per hour winds made it impossible to see.

The seaside US Embassy told workers to stay home.

Officials closed financial markets, government offices and schools.

The thousands forced to leave their homes took cover where they could.

Evacuees came with whatever belongings they could carry.

Some even brought their farm animals.

This woman says, 'the floods just went up higher and higher.'

Storms are common in the Philippines... about 20 a year.

But this one came on the heels of a monsoon that had already carved a path of destruction.

The massive flooding came exactly one day after Manila marked the two year anniversary of a cyclone that killed nearly 500 people.

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