Typhoon Rai, known locally as “Odette”, reached the eastern Philippines on Thursday afternoon, December 16, with tens of thousands of people evacuating their homes as the storm tracked westwards.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that by Thursday evening, the typhoon was nearing the northeast coast of Bohol, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h (121 mph) near its center, and gusts of up to 270 km/h. Earlier, it had crossed over Liloan, in the south of Leyte island.
Central and southern parts of Cebu were bracing for the storm’s impact.
Pagasa said flooding and rain-induced landslides were expected.
This video shows driving wind and rain in Maydolong, in the province of Eastern Samar, north of where the storm first made landfall. Credit: @jaennica2514 via Storyful