Update as of 11:19 p.m. EDT: At least 10 people have been killed by Typhoon Rammasun, Reuters reported, adding that the capital city of Manila did not suffer much damage but people were being rescued from under debris.
"We have not received reports of major flooding in Metro Manila because the typhoon did not bring rain, but the winds were strong," said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, according to Reuters.
Typhoon Rammasun stormed into Manila early Wednesday, local time, forcing 150,000 people from their homes and shutting down financial markets, government offices and schools.
The storm, known locally as Glenda, is the strongest to hit the Philippines so far this year. It toppled trees and tore down power lines as it swept through the eastern islands. Rammasun was sporting 93 mph winds, gusting to 115 mph.
Reuters reported a 25-year-old woman was killed by a falling electricity pole Tuesday as nearly 150,000 people were evacuated from low-lying coastal areas.
The cyclone picked up strength as it crossed southern Luzon and aimed at Manila. Heavy damage to agricultural areas was reported, the Philippine Star reported.