No major damage in Philippine typhoon; 2 dead
Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power, left at least two people dead and sent nearly 900,000 into shelters before it weakened yesterday, sparing the central Philippines the type of massive devastation that a monster storm brought to the region last year.
Shallow floods, damaged shanties and ripped-off store signs and tin roofs were a common sight across the region, but there was no major destruction after Hagupit slammed into Eastern Samar and other island provinces. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour and gusts of 170kph (106mph) yesterday, considerably weaker from its peak power but still a potentially deadly storm, according to forecasters.
The typhoon, which made landfall in Eastern Samar on the weekend, was moving slowly, dumping heavy rain that could possibly trigger landslides and flash floods.
Traumatised by the death and destruction from Typhoon Haiyan last year, nearly 900,000 people fled to about 1,000 emergency shelters and safer grounds. The government, backed by the 120,000-strong military, had launched massive preparations to attain a zero-casualty target.