On the Radar: Philippine typhoon, Washington Monument, Australia military
Resident rescue a pig from a flooded Manila street on Tuesday.
September 27th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

On the Radar: Philippine typhoon, Washington Monument, Australia military

Three things you need to know today.

Philippine typhoon: As many eight people were dead and almost 2 million without power as Typhoon Nesat slammed into the Philippines with torrential rains and winds up to 87 mph.

Among the dead were a grandmother and her three grandchildren killed when a wall of their home collapsed on them, the Philippine Star reported. They were among eight killed across the country, according to a report on Inquirer.net.

In metro Manila, 1.9 million of Manila Electric Co. were without power, according to a report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The typhoon, known in the Philippines as Pedring, made landfall about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of Manila about 5 a.m. Tuesday (5 p.m. Monday ET), according to the Philippine national weather agency. The storm was dumping up to 25 millimeters (1 inch) of rain per hour as it moved across the country.

Nesat was expected to cross the archipelago and head toward southeastern China.

Washington Monument: Architect/engineers will rappel down the sides of the Washington Monument on Tuesday, looking for damage caused by the August earthquake in Virginia.

The National Park Service announced Monday that experts have completed an interior assessment of the monument and found it to be structurally sound.

To get a closer look at the outside of the structure, architect/engineer/rappellers from the firm of Wiss, Janney and Elstner, the architectural firm hired by the National Park Service, will scale the outside of the structure to get a closer look.

Their "difficult-access team will install climbing ropes and safety lines on all four sides of the monument, then clip on to those lines and exit the monument from the windows at the observation level," Vogel said. Weather permitting, they will climb up the pyramidion and then descend the length of the monument looking for exterior damage.

Women in combat: Women in the Australian armed forces will be able to serve in front-line combat roles, the government said Tuesday.

The new plan will be phased in over a five-year period.

Australia's decision makes it one of only a few countries in the developed world with no restrictions for women in combat. Canada and Israel are among the other nations that allow so.

The United States prevents women in serving in certain combat roles.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. observer

    pork fat and cigarettes what a combination for a MI

    September 27, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    So that's the fourth?

    September 27, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Juan Dela Cruz

    Oh? They are "rescuing" their neighbor's pig? Like the blacks during Katrina were "rescuing" beer from their local minimart?....

    September 27, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name*eileen

    ha ha thats good. rescuing the pig he he he

    September 27, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    I hope the USA does not involve US Tax dollars and the military in providing relief to the Philipines for this disaster. They did not exactly welcome our presense there after Marcus left. They are like the rest, they take our money and spit on your country. Lets face it, they are not the most skilled workers on the planet for a reason. What do they have one City that looks like a city and the rest of the Islands arel like villages with huts. The only building structure they have are the abandoned US Military Bases that they acquired when we left.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • BS

      Your ignorance is astounding. People from the Philippines are very welcoming of Americans. That doesn't mean they want a US air base on their soil, though. And the soldiers who were treating Filipina women very poorly - sometimes raping them - didn't exactly help their case.

      The Philippines being stuck as a 2nd/3rd world country is similar to the problems in other Asian countries and has nothing to do with whether they work hard or not. Corruption is a major problem. So is lack of education.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Lack of education may be a problem, but all of the people I met there would leave Bill in the dust when it comes to pure intellect. Don't get me started on moral character. I feel dirty breathing the same air as people like Bill.

      September 27, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Dela Cruz

      Don't forget Spanish churches and government buildings.

      September 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerardo M. Gustilo, M.D.

      It is tragic to realize that there are ignorant people like you who do not realize that the aspirations of a people to be free of dominance from a foreign power does not mean that they do not want to be friends and allies. If the United States can be friends and allies with Great Britain who where their masters before there is no reason why the we can't be friends and allies too. The geographic location of the Philippines is economically and militarily important to the United States.The Philippines is a rich source of minerals too. That is my view as a Filipino-American.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    One good thing about the Phillipines is they are not landlocked with the USA like Mexico is.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nikki S

    I can't believe the comments I am reading. Your fellow man is in trouble and all you can think about is politics. I would love to see how you'd feel if you were in a similar situation and all people did was make jokes or ridicule your country for being poor. It is our duty as human beings to protect and care for one another, regardless of where they live; you would want someone to help you in a crisis situation so please show a bit of tact.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • BS

      "Help" is a relative term. Continually throwing money at people who are content to never better themselves does nothing but make the problem worse.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Dela Cruz

      Why is it "our duty" to help lazy bums? If they want help, why don't THEY provide it for themselves? When was the last time the USA asked Filipinos to come help us? Ummm...never. It's our duty to survive, not be weighed down by bums.

      The Bible says that God helps those that help themselves. Maybe this is God's work to eliminate less valuable people...

      September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      @ Juan Dela Cruz That "verse" is not in the bible and pretty much goes directly opposite of God's message – These verses are however in the Bible:

      Jer 17:5 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD."

      Prov 28:26 (NIV) He who trusts in himself is a fool...

      And most appropriately: Matthew 25:45 "He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ "

      Look up the whole Chapter if you aren't familiar with it – which is likely since you attribute something to the Bible that isn't there. Try reading what IS.


      September 28, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. taylor violano

    BILL – Your'e must obviosly be a member of the I D 1 0 T group. Yoe are a heartless S O B and selfish of this 2nd/ 3rd world country that has soo many good people in it comparitively speaking of/ from the USA. Altho i have yet to see a filipino engineer, alot of the people there are at least half way intelligent to say the least, which is more than i can say for you .. the philippine people are filled with a simpleness of basic essentials of life, family, and love ... and the gov't here is fast moving up in the ranks as to match the corrupt gov't of the philippines. watch, you'll see !

    October 1, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |