Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Typhoon Nesat lashes Philippines (photos, video)

A powerful typhoon struck the Philippines Tuesday, causing debris to fly, waves to crash over seawalls, and floodwaters to rise waist-deep. At least 16 people were pronounced dead by morning, the AP reports.

A resident carries his son while crossing waist-deep floodwaters. (STRINGER/PHILIPPINES - REUTERS)
Most of the destruction occurred in the capital of Manila, which had been plagued by heavy monsoon rains in the days before Typhoon Nesat (locally known as Typhoon “Pedring”) arrived. Downtown areas along Manila Bay were hit by the worst flooding in decades, the AP said.

Thousands of people in low-lying areas were evacuated, carrying TV sets, bags of clothes, bottled water, and many pets.

Raw video footage has emerged that shows a man on the beach braving the typhoon:

On Twitter, many people rallied around the hashtag #PrayforthePhilippines,with even author Paulo Coehlo offering his prayers.

Typhoon Nesat arrived just one day after Manila held two-year commemorations for the almost 500 people killed during a 2009 cyclone, which dumped a month’s rainfall on the archipelago in just 12 hours.

Some 20 storms and typhoons from the Pacific lash the Philippines each year.

See more photos from the typhoon below:

A resident flees from strong winds as an oil tanker in background is battered by big waves after it broke off its anchor and slammed a row of shanties. (BULLIT MARQUEZ - AP)

Two men carry a pig and one smokes a cigarette as they wade through typhoon floods. (Pat Roque - AP)

People play in high waves along the sea wall on Roxas boulevard in Manila. (TED ALJIBE - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Residents living beside a swollen river walk through floods in Navotas, north of Manila. (Aaron Favila - AP)

A woman carries her pet cats as she wades through a flooded street in Rizal, east of Manila. (NOEL CELIS - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Debris litters the scenic Roxas boulevard near a seawall in Manila. (Bullit Marquez - AP)

Residents reinforce their houses in Manila. (BULLIT MARQUEZ - AP)

Residents arrive at an evacuation center after fleeing their homes in Manila. (Bullit Marquez - AP)

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