MANILA—Typhoon Rammasun killed at least four people but largely spared Manila serious damage as it made its way from the eastern seaboard of the Philippines to the west of the capital on Wednesday.

Typhoon Rammasun was over Bataan on Wednesday morning—on the western side of Manila Bay—and was expected to head north to Zambales province before moving out to the South China Sea later in the day, the country's weather bureau said. It is expected to intensify on its way toward southern China.

Strong winds topple trees and cut off the power supply as Typhoon Rammasun makes landfall in the Philippines Tuesday. Thousands of people living in the coastal areas have evacuated. Photo: Facebook/JeffAcosta

Motorists cross a flooded road on July 15 in Cotabato, Philippines, as Typhoon Rammasun moves toward the country. Getty Images

A 25-year-old woman from Northern Samar province, south of Manila, was killed when an electric post fell on her. Two men from Camarines Sur province—near the eastern seaboard where the typhoon first made landfall Tuesday evening—were injured.

Meanwhile, Quezon province Gov. David Suarez told DZMM radio station that three people from the province's capital, Lucena City, were killed by debris. Lucena City is about 134 kilometers south of Manila. Gov. Suarez said the province is without power and communications systems have been disrupted.

The weather bureau said Rammasun continues to move westward at a speed of 26 kilometers per hour, with sustained winds near the center of 150 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kilometers per hour. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 373,177 people have been evacuated from areas in the typhoon's expected path.

Manila was experiencing light rain and strong winds Wednesday morning. The storm had toppled trees and crews were out trying to clear streets, which were free of traffic. The power supply was down in much of the capital. Schools and government offices were closed and trading on financial markets was suspended, while dozens of domestic and international flights were canceled at Manila's airport. The three electric train systems in the capital also had ceased operations due to fluctuating power supply and debris on the train tracks.

There were reported floods and landslides in Albay and other provinces south of Manila, where the typhoon made landfall.

The NDRRMC asked people to stay indoors to protect themselves from flying debris and falling trees.

Typhoon Rammasun is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central region of the country in November, killing more than 6,000 people.

The Philippines, bounded by the Pacific Ocean in the east and the South China Sea in the east, is visited by around 20 storms a year, some of them deadly.

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