By the Numbers: Deadly Typhoon Rammasun Leaves Trail of Destruction in Philippines

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
July 20, 2014; 3:04 AM
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Typhoon Rammasun, locally named Glenda, emerged from the Philippines into the South China Sea on Wednesday.

Even though the storm has left, destruction from flooding rains and damaging winds remains across much of the north-central Philippines, including Metro Manila, home to around 12 million people.

At the time of landfall in southeast Luzon, Rammasun packed winds near 125 mph.

Satellite of Typhoon Rammasun moving across southern Luzon

Heavy rain averaged 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) along and near the path of Rammasun as it traveled across southern Luzon Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

Heavy rain totaled 294.4 mm (11.6 inches) in Legaspi. Rammasun's core tracked right over the city shortly after making landfall on Tuesday.

Rainfall across Metro Manila average 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) from the typhoon. Just to the south, Ambulong reported 240 mm (9.45 inches).

Firemen remove the branches from a fallen tree which fell on two cars at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) which battered Makati City, east of Manila, Philippines, on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

While rainfall caused widespread flooding around Metro Manila, damaging winds also led to down trees and power lines as well as damaged homes.

At 7 a.m. local time Wednesday, the Ninoy Aquino Airport on the south side of Manila recorded a wind gust to 113 kph (70 mph).

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, 94 people have been killed by the storm while 443 people were injured or remain missing.

The council also reported that more than 525,000 people were displaced by the storm more than a full day after Rammasun departed the Philippines into the South China Sea. More than 100,000 homes have been damaged or totally destroyed by the typhoon.

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The typhoon is also responsible for 254 flight cancellations across the Philippines.

While air travel was brought to a halt in some areas, at least 17 roads and three bridges were deemed impassable due to flooding and structural damage from Rammasun.

The storm is also responsible for five deaths and 99 injuries across Hainan Island Friday, according to the Associated Press. An additional three people were killed later in the Guangxi region.

While many are trying to recover from Rammasun's impacts, another cyclone is brewing between the Philippines and Guam. Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry) is expected to track just to the east of the northern Philippines early next week.

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