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Residents at the slum community of Baseco evacuate to safer grounds at the onslaught of Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) that battered Manila on July 16. / AP

A typhoon in the Philippines killed at least ten people Wednesday and knocked out power in many areas but it mostly spared the densely populated capital Manila and surrounding provinces, officials said.

Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as "Glenda," packed 93-mile winds gusting to 115-mph that brought down trees, electric posts and ripped off roofs across the capital of 12 million people where government offices and schools were closed, the Associated Press reported.

More than 370,000 people were moved from high-risk villages to emergency shelters in six provinces. The seven deaths occurred in provinces and areas outside Manila.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada told the AP that the typhoon sideswiped his city, prompting more than 1,000 residents to evacuate.

"It was like a drill," he said. "We hauled people away from dangerous seaside areas, whether they liked it or not."



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