By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
Philippine officials announced that the storm killed at least 13 people, with thousands driven from their homes and more than 3 million left without power.
has submitted a formal request for assistance,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan. “They’ve indicated a need for fixed-wing aircraft as well as heavy-lift helicopters.” Philippines
The U.S. Agency for International Development has sent a team to the
to assess the damage and coordinate what Philippines assets might be needed. “We do have capabilities in the region that can be called upon if necessary,” Lapan said. U.S.
Officials said the effort will not draw resources or aircraft from the on-going humanitarian mission to aid flood victims in
The typhoon passed over the island and is on course for southern
and China and is regaining whatever strength it lost over the Vietnam . Officials in Philippines have ordered the evacuation of at least 140,000 people from a coastal area in the storm’s path. China
The most recent report from the
said the storm has sustained winds of 115 mph with gusts up to about 145 mph, and waves at 34 feet. Officials said they expect sustained wind speeds to rise to more than 130 mph today, with gusts of more than 160 mph. Joint Typhoon Warning Center