Typhoon lashes Philippines, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate

Deadly storm pounds the Philippines 01:56

A typhoon called Rammasun, a Thai term for the god of thunder, lashed the Philippines Wednesday with 90-plus mile per hour winds.

The capital of Manila was spared the worst of it, but more than 370,000 people in six provinces were evacuated. Families crammed into makeshift shelters, CBS News' Seth Doane reports.

Ahead of the storm, residents tried to reinforce roofing and strengthen flimsy homes.

Some areas received months-worth of rains in just hours, and residents were forced to navigate floodwaters.

Heavy winds knocked down trees, blocking roadways and causing blackouts.

The typhoon, nicknamed Glenda, blew ashore as the equivalent of a Category 2 hurricane.

There were no immediate estimates of damage in this country that sees roughly 20 storms and typhoons each year.

This storm was heading out into the South China Sea and was forecast to pick up strength and target China later this week.