MANILA — Typhoon Ruby pounded the Philippines on Monday with heavy rains and wind gusts up to 140 m.p.h., triggering floods, mudslides and tidal surges that killed at least 13 people and left 47,000 homeless.
Another 30 people were missing and feared dead in a storm-related bus accident, and an inter-island vessel with nearly 500 passengers and crew was missing in stormy seas, the military said.
The missing vessel, the Marilyn, reported engine trouble en route from Manila to Tacloban, on the central island of Leyte, and could have taken shelter in an isolated harbor, the coast guard said. It was last reported about 200 miles southeast of Manila.
At 11 p.m. Monday, Ruby had sustained winds of 115 m.p.h. and its center was moving northwest at 16 m.p.h. toward densely populated central Luzon Island. Power outages and scattered flooding hit Manila early today as Ruby approached.