The city hosted a major U.S. air base during the Vietnam War era and was said to “look like a battlefield” after Nari passed.
Officials said the storm was the worst to strike since Typhoon Xangsane raked the region in 2006, killing 250 people.
The lack of such significant fatalities from Nari is being credited to the evacuation of more than 120,000 people into makeshift shelters and public buildings before the storm arrived.
But Nari had earlier killed at least 13 people when it passed over the northern Philippines, toppling trees and pylons as it cut across the main island of Luzon.
Two weeks earlier, Typhoon Wutip left a trail of destruction as it moved ashore in north-central Vietnam.
That storm triggered significant flooding in Vietnam, Laos and northeastern Thailand.
Typhoon Nari Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS