Typhoon Conson was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 mph when it made landfall Tuesday night in the country’s Bicol region.
It then cut a path across the heart of the country before raking Manila and eventually weakening to tropical storm force and departing off the west coast of Luzon Island.
High winds and rising flood waters knocked out power to many parts of the capital, where downed power lines and trees littered roadways.
Newly elected President Benigno Aquino III scolded the country’s weather bureau in a televised emergency meeting for failing to accurately predict the impact Conson would have on Manila.
On the country’s eastern coastline, high seas and strong winds pulled up a barge’s anchor and sent it hurtling toward about 10 fishing boats that were being secured by their owners and crews.
Nine people died as the smaller vessels were “hit like bowling pins,” according to coast guard chief Commodore Luis Tuason Jr. The Associated Press reports another barge loaded with cooking gas ran aground and smashed into 25 shanties in Manila’s Tondo slum district. No fatalities were reported in that incident.
The country’s National Disaster Coordinating Council said that more than 10,000 houses were destroyed during Conson’s rampage across the country.
The storm never attained typhoon force again during its passage across the South China Sea. It eventually made a second landfall on China’s Hainan Island late in the week.
Typhoon Conson Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS