An ominous super typhoon made landfall Saturday in the Philippines, and forecasters feared it could pound parts of the country with as much as 6 feet of rain and cause catastrophic flooding.
Typhoon Koppu, known as "Lando" in the Philippines, reached Casiguran in Luzon's Aurora province at 1 a.m. local time Sunday morning — 1 p.m. ET. There were reports of power outages and even before the storm hit, its outer bands drenched the country's east coast with heavy rains.
The U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center upgraded Koppu to a super typhoon — a term for typhoons with maximum winds of at least 150 mph, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane — on Saturday. Koppu is the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Luzon in five years, The Weather Channel reported.