Nesat, a Category 3 typhoon, hit the Philippines Tuesday, killing at least 18 people and causing heavy flooding that isolated parts of Manila.

It lashed crop-growing provinces and brought the capital to a near-standstill as it disrupted power supplies and closed financial markets, government offices, transport and schools. Most deaths occurred in and around metropolitan Manila.

Government offices, schools and universities were closed, as the authorities urged city residents to stay indoors.

The typhoon moved out of the Philippines Wednesday and is expected to hit China's Hainan Island Thursday.

Below are images of the storm's assault on the Philippines: