Thousands flee as weakened typhoon nears east Philippines; erratic path puts Manila on alert

December 5, 2014 8:15 AM

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Thousands flee as weakened typhoon nears east Philippines; erratic path puts Manila on alert

Fishermen tow their fishing boat to a drier area after a day's work Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 off Manila Bay in Manila, Philippines. A wide swath of the Philippines, including the capital Manila, braced Friday for a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approaching from the Pacific, about a year after the country was lashed by Typhoon Haiyan that left more than 7,300 people dead. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) (The Associated Press)

This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and captured by the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS instrument shows Typhoon Hagupit on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, as it approaches the Philippines. Villagers are fleeing coastal towns in the central Philippines as the ...

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