MANILA - Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) on Tuesday lashed the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rains, leaving in its wake uprooted trees, inundated towns, and a damaged airport in southern Luzon.
The powerful storm hit land in Sorsogon late Monday, bringing intense rains to the southernmost province of Luzon island and neighboring areas.
In nearby Albay, powerful winds ripped apart portions of Legazpi Airport's walls and ceilings, and tore roofs off several houses.
Some 100,000 residents have fled in evacuation centers to escape the threat of lahar, big waves, floods and landslides, provincial disaster office head Cedric Daep earlier said.
The typhoon also knocked down many power lines, plunging parts of Bicol region into darkness.
Power supply and cellphone signals were also down in neighboring Catanduanes province due to Tisoy, which on Monday night ripped off roofs and business signs.
Three people were hurt in Samar provinces: 2 were injured by storm debris while another was pinned by a wall toppled by Tisoy.
Landslides and floods also hit Calbayog City, Motiong and Jiabong towns in Samar, and Lapinig and Mapanas in Northern Samar.