Strong Winds Churn Up Powerful Waves as Typhoon Rai Moves Across Philippines

Typhoon Rai, known locally as Typhoon Odette, caused flooding in parts of the Philippines on Thursday, December 16.

Video filmed by Patrick Joseph Estillomo shows waves crashing in Santo Domingo, a municipality in the province of Albay. He said the video shows an area beside a seaside resort that is normally above sea level, but is submerged in the footage.

Tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes as the storm tracked westward on Thursday. The latest report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Rai was packing maximum sustained winds of 109 mph (175 km/h) near its center, but was weakening.

Pagasa said rain-induced landslides were expected. Credit: Patrick Joseph Estillomo via Storyful

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