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.
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:
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: