Filipino-Minnesotans Rally To Help In Typhoon’s Wake One of the most powerful storms ever ravaged several of the Philippine islands, and the death toll is rapidly growing. As of Saturday night, as many as 10,000 are feared dead. The storm had winds of 190 miles per hour - making it the strongest tropical typhoon on record to make landfall. The wind snapped trees and pushed waves up to four-stories high. Cleanup and rescue operations are extremely difficult since there is no power and no phones in most places.