Typhoon spares Manila, leaves 7 dead elsewhere

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Officials in the Philippines say hundreds of thousands of people evacuated dangerous areas ahead of Typhoon Rammasun but the storm still left at least seven people dead and knocked out power in many areas today.

The typhoon's 93-mph wind and 115-mph gusts, brought down trees and power poles and ripped off roofs, while sparing the capital, Manila, and densely populated northern provinces a direct hit.

In a shantytown at the edge of Manila Bay, hundreds fled when strong wind tore tin roofs off their shanties. Most were drenched by the rain before reaching an evacuation center.

There are no immediate estimates of the damage in communities that lost power and telephone connections while being pummeled by the wind and rain.

It's the seventh storm this year to batter the Philippines, which usually gets about 20 typhoons annually.

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