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    Significant Flooding, Damage From Conson in the Philippines

    July 14, 2010; 4:37 AM ET
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    People taking cover under umbrellas in Manila as torrential rain fell from Conson. (AP photo)

    Typhoon Conson made landfall about 80 miles east of Manila in the Philippines late Tuesday evening, local time. The system weakened into a tropical storm rapidly after landfall, but it caused significant flooding and damage as it ripped across southern Luzon, the main island of the Philippines.

    Conson moved westward across southern Luzon in less than 12 hours. The cyclone tracked just to the south of Manila, which was deluged by 5.17 inches of rain through Wednesday afternoon.

    According to the Associated Press, 19 fishermen from the eastern island of Catanduanes had not returned home and were missing after the typhoon struck late Tuesday.

    Power and communication systems were out across much of Luzon, while trees and debris littered the streets of Manila and other areas close to where the center of the storm passed through. The storm's strong winds were tightly concentrated around the center.

    Shanty towns on coastal areas just south of Manila were swept away.

    The biggest impact of Conson was the flooding rainfall. Water was knee-deep in Manila and other areas.

    More showers and thunderstorms will rumble across northern and western portions Luzon into Wednesday night as the cyclone continues to move away. There could be additional flooding and mud slides.

    Some rainfall totals in the Philippines through Wednesday afternoon include:

    --Tanay: 4.26 inches

    --Alabat: 5.43 inches

    --Tayabas: 6.30 inches

    --Ambulong: 8.60 inches

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