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World’s Strongest Storm Kills Seven as It Exits Philippines

  • Authorities evacuate about 390,000 people, shut Manila airport
  • Typhoon Goni leaves Philippine land mass as new storm enters
Rescue workers in Manila on Sunday. Dozens of areas, including Metro Manila, have been placed under storm alert.

Rescue workers in Manila on Sunday. Dozens of areas, including Metro Manila, have been placed under storm alert.

Photographer: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images 

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The world’s strongest storm this year killed at least seven people in the Philippines, while forcing about 390,000 more to evacuate before leaving land late Sunday.

Super Typhoon Goni ripped off roofs, felled trees and left thousands of homes without electricity in the Philippines’ main Luzon island. It made landfall in Catanduanes province before dawn Sunday, before weakening as it crossed several provinces. Goni is headed to the South China Sea where it will gather strength before hitting Vietnam.