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Deadly Typhoon Strikes Philippines

At least 10 people are dead after Typhoon Conson struck the main Philippine island Luzon Wednesday.

The typhoon struck the capital city Manila and surrounding areas Wednesday morning, carrying maximum wind gusts of 120 kilometers an hour. Electricity was knocked out throughout Luzon, with tree branches and other debris left scattered across rain-swept streets.

The dead include four people who drowned and two others killed by falling trees. At least 40 people are missing, including 11 fishermen last spotted off the coast of the central island Catandunes.

Typhoon Conson headed out over the South China Sea after striking Luzon.

During a meeting of the government's National Disaster Coordinating Council Wednesday, new Philippine President Benigno Aquino scolded the government's weather bureau for failing to predict the storm would hit Manila.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.