Typhoon Rammasun hits Philippine capital

MANILA, Philippines (NBC/RTV) — Typhoon Rammasun gathered strength and hit the Philippine capital Wednesday.

Authorities evacuated nearly 150,000 people from their homes as the Category 3 typhoon swept through Manila.

Government offices, financial markets, businesses and schools were also shut down.

Heavy rains and powerful winds have battered the city — uprooting trees and sending debris flying.

Power was out in most of the area, and some major roads were impassable due to cluttered debris.

A city official said preparations were being done to keep Manila on its feet after the typhoon.

“Cleanup operations would be No. 1,” said Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino. “Restoration of some facilities would be a priority, likewise, plus evaluating and looking at lessons learned here.”

Typhoon Rammasun is the strongest to hit the Philippines this year.

The Philippine Disaster Agency said a young woman was killed Tuesday as the typhoon entered the country’s eastern coast.

Parts of the Philippines are still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the biggest cyclones known to have made landfall there.

It killed more than 6,000 people last November in the central provinces and left millions homeless.

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