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Super Typhoon Megi hits Philippines (Photos and Video)

The strongest cyclone in years to buffet the Philippines knocked out communications and power as residents took shelter Monday, while flooding in Vietnam swept away a bus and 20 of its passengers, including a boy taken from his mother's grasp by the raging waters.

In China, authorities evacuated 140,000 people from a coastal province ahead of Super Typhoon Megi, (called "Juan" in the Philippines).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Megi has weakened after crossing the Sierra Madre mountain range in northern Philippines.

Typhoon Megi
A man carries an umbrella as he walks outside his makeshift house as rain pours in Manila. (Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters)
Typhoon Megi
A resident looks at her damaged house. The Philippines declared a state of calamity in the northern Isabela province. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Typhoon Megi
Residents brave the strong winds and heavy rains at the onslaught of Typhoon Megi. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Typhoon Megi
Megi packed sustained winds of 140 mph and gusts of 162 mph. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Typhoon Megi
A resident bailed out floodwaters. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Typhoon Megi
Motorists drive past a filling station that was toppled by Megi. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
Typhoon Megi
Passengers sit at North Harbor after a shipping official announced that their trip had been canceled because of Megi in Manila. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
Typhoon Megi
A family takes shelter at a public school turned storm center. Authorities ordered evacuations and the positioning of emergency relief and food supplies days before the typhoon hit. (Reuters)

By Melissa Bell  | October 18, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
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