Typhoon Hammers Philippines


Residents wade on waist deep floodwaters brought by Typhoon Nesat, locally known as Pedring, that hit the Tanza town of Malabon city, north of Manila September 27, 2011. Typhoon Nesat crossed the Philippines' main island late on Tuesday, leaving behind at least seven dead after it lashed crop-growing provinces and brought the capital to a near standstill as it flooded roads and villages and cut power supplies.

Typhoon Nesat is hammering the Philippines with torrential rain and winds up to 93mph. Authorities have evacuated more than 100,000 people, and at least 16 people have been reported dead. The typhoon made landfall Tuesday morning, dumping an inch of rain per hour as it moved inland. Authorities evacuated more than 100,000 people. Neck-deep water at one Manila hospital knocked out power and forced staff to flee to higher floors. The U.S. closed its embassy as the water at its gates rose to chest level. The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippines late Tuesday and move toward southern China.