Typhoon Rai tears down roofs in the Philippines

Super typhoon Rai tore down houses as it swept through the Philippines.

Video taken in Barangay San Juan in Iloilo province shows galvanised iron sheets being peeled away by violent winds amid a heavy downpour on Friday morning December 17.

Storm signal warnings two and three were raised over different parts of Iloilo province as of 5:00 am local time.

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that ‘heavy to torrential’ rains were expected over the south-central parts of the Philippines until Friday.

Typhoon Rai made its first landfall in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte province 1:30 pm local time, weakening from a Category 5 hurricane or super typhoon to a Category 3 storm.

More than 300,000 residents in flood and landslide-prone rural areas have been preemptively evacuated by local government units while bracing for the powerful typhoon. Disaster officials confirmed that one person had died so far – a 54-year-old woman whose residence was smashed by bamboo trees in Iloilo City.

PAGASA said Typhoon Rai may make another landfall in the northern-central portion of the Palawan islands today before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday.