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A deadly 'super typhoon' in the Philippines forced evacuations on Christmas

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UPDATE 7:56 a.m. EST:

Six people have reportedly died in the typhoon, either from drowning or being pinned by fallen trees. 

Five entire provinces are without power. Huge Christmas festivals, a signature event for many Philippine cities, were all but abandoned ahead of the storm -- hundreds of thousands stayed away.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

Super Typhoon Nock-Ten killed six people, destroyed homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate on Christmas Day.

The storm, known locally as Nina, weakened slightly on Monday but raged near the capital of Manila. USA Today reports the storm could still pass directly over the capital, which is home to about 13 million people.

Even in its weakened state, winds hit 80 mph, with some gusts as high as 133 mph. 

A deadly 'super typhoon' in the Philippines forced evacuations on Christmas

WATCH | Here's a look at the aftermath of the storm.

Here's another look at the damage done by Nock-Ten.

Some villagers just refused to leave their homes even when I warned them that you can face what amounts to a death penalty.
Cedric Daep, disaster-response official

The storm stranded thousands of tourists and locals. Officials said at least 150,000 villagers were displaced. 

Stores were ordered to close early on Christmas to encourage people to stay home, but many people disregarded the order. Some returned home Monday only to find destroyed homes.

The storm is historically strong for this point in the year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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